A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that by 2020, about 60 million children will have migrated or been forcibly relocated to their home countries.
The document on gender and migration, released this Friday, records that last year 35.5 million children lived as immigrants or refugees outside their home country, including 23.3 million children in internally displaced conditions.
This represents an increase of nearly 10 million juveniles compared to 2015, which is directly related to some of the migration routes dependent on gender issues.
According to UNICEF, nine out of ten children seeking asylum in Europe and two out of three are from Afghanistan, topping the list of ten countries that have applied for asylum.
According to the agency, the main reasons for moving minors are the acceptance of the role of feeding the family by the boys, while women may be displaced as a tactic to delay forced marriage or sexual abuse. Of those found in the abduction, at least three in four were women.
By 2020, about 9 million immigrant children will have lived in the Middle East and North Africa. 54.3 percent are children. Western Europe also showed gender inequality, with 52 percent of the 5.6 million immigrant children.
UNICEF noted that “local, national and regional efforts are urgently needed to collect this data and address gender inequalities affecting migrant women and children around the world.”