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Refugees, Iraq / © ACN

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Forced to Flee from War and Poverty, 27 Million Children Are Without School

Migrant children face “an exceptional risk”

ROME, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 ( “Twenty-seven million children have left school in 24 countries involved in conflicts. This is the alarming picture traced by a UNICEF Report published yesterday, on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly”: L’Osservatore Romano in Italian, September 21 2017 daily issue, laments this situation of children refugees in this article we translate about UNICEF Report.


According to the study, migrant children and young people, with low levels of education, “run an ever greater risk of exploitation.”

Moreover, the data of a survey carried out among minors, who move on the route that connects the Mediterranean with Central Europe, reveals that 90% of adolescents without education said they suffered exploitation, compared with 77% of children with primary education and 75% with secondary education.

According to the UNICEF Report, refugees have a five times greater probability of not attending school compared to other children. In fact, only 50% of them are enrolled in primary school and less than 25% in secondary school.

Migrant children then face “an exceptional risk” : a greater number in fact have the probability of becoming victims of sexual violence and gender-based violence,” adds the UNICEF Report.

The same picture applies to countries involved in conflicts, where girls have a 2.5 times greater probability of not going to school compared to boys.

Translation by Virginia M. Forrester

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