Egypt children fall prey to smugglers
This is among the latest modus operandi by smugglers amid an increase in the trek to Europe through the Mediterranean.
“Although children are not coerced into working upon arrival in Europe, they are victims of trafficking under international law,” said International Office of Migration programme officer, Nils Feller.
He spoke in Cairo at the third Arab Parliamentarians Conference on Arab Childhood at the League of Arab States.
Some 22 countries and representatives from international agencies attended the event.
In order to safeguard the rights of unaccompanied migrant children, IOM advocates for the development of multidisciplinary policies. It supports efforts by Egyptian government agencies to prevent irregular child migration, to protect their rights and address their needs, and it is working to enhance national capacities for the prosecution of smugglers.
Irregular child migration is a growing phenomenon, with over one in five migrants arriving in Europe being children.
The percentage of children among irregular Egyptian migrants arriving in Europe has been the highest of any country since 2011.
– CAJ News
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