This report presents, for the first time, comprehensive, global data about these children – where they are born, where they move, and some of the dangers they face along the way. The report sheds light on the truly global nature of childhood migration and displacement, highlighting the major challenges faced by child migrants and refugees in every region.
Based on the findings of the report and its work in the field, One of the six goals and practical suggestions to protect child migrants and refugees is giving children legal status and keeping families together as the best way to protect children. Children born to migrant parents need legal identity for their future well-being. Governments should provide birth registration and/or other identity documents to enable children to access services and avoid statelessness. States should speed up procedures and make it easier for children to reunite with their families, including with their extended families in destination countries. States should pursue all practical measures to reunify children with their families.