Written by Maria Díaz Crego and Györgyi Mácsai.
The number of migrant children has been rising globally since the turn of the century. According to estimates by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in 2020, 35.5million children were living outside their country of birth, 11.5 million more than in 2000. Child migration takes many forms, from regular family reunification to forced and traumatic migration. This infographic focuses exclusively on forced and irregular movements of migrant children to the EU.
Read the complete briefing on ‘Child migrants: Irregular entry and asylum‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.