The Refugee Crisis and the Rights of Children: Perspectives on Community-Based Resettlement Programs

We are currently facing one of the largest and most complex refugee crises in modern times. Conflict and natural disasters have resulted in 22.5 million refugees worldwide, more than half are children. As the world struggles to respond to this massive displacement of people, how is this affecting child refugees' development and what is being done about it? In this commentary, we explore answers to these central questions. First, we review the situation of child refugees in numbers, exploring their geographic concentration. Second, we review child refugees' access to basic services, including early childhood development, with a special emphasis on community-based programs and initiatives that have proven to be particularly effective in addressing the needs of resettled child refugees. We find in particular that early childhood development activities in emergency contexts have seen remarkable improvements with critical benefits for the development of the youngest child refugees. Our aim is to bring attention to the particular difficulties child refugees must endure and to highlight those practices and approaches that are helping child refugees reach their full potential.
Title The Refugee Crisis and the Rights of Children: Perspectives on Community-Based Resettlement Programs
Publication Title New Dir Child Adolesc Dev
Publication Type Journal Article
Published Year 2018
Authors N. Alipui; N. Gerke
Accession Number 29537182
Number 159
ISBN Number 1534-8687 (Electronic)<br/>1520-3247 (Linking)
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