Over half of the world’s refugees are children. Many will spend their entire childhoods away from home, sometimes separated from their families. They may have witnessed or experienced violent acts and, in exile, are at risk of abuse, neglect, violence, exploitation, trafficking or military recruitment.
But children are incredibly resilient. By learning, playing and exploring their skills, they can find ways to cope, drawing strength from their families and communities.
UNHCR works with national authorities, other international and local organisations to assist, protect and find solutions for displaced children. We ensure that those who are unaccompanied or separated are cared for and have access to family tracing and reunification services, that new-borns are registered at birth and children with disabilities are supported. Through psychosocial support activities and education, we help children rebuild their lives.
A comprehensive source of legal and policy documents, practical tools and related links.
Law and Policy
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 2012
- UNHCR's Executive Committee Conclusion on Children at Risk 5 Oct 2007