by Sarah Crowe, Christophe Boulierac, Chris Tidey et al.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), June 2016
More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them. In this report UNICEF says that 7,009 unaccompanied children made the crossing from North Africa to Italy in the first five months of the year, twice as many as last year. The report documents the appalling risks adolescents take in their flight to escape conflict, despair and poverty.