Destination Unknown Institutional Learning Report 2017

In 2010, children on the move were literally non-existent in policies on children’s rights. Not being an organisation specialised in migration, TDH developed a new partnership strategy and launched the Destination Unknown campaign (DU campaign) for the protection of children on the move. Thanks to strong contributions in diverse alliances and putting the issue of children on the move before the brand, the DU campaign consolidated loyal members and invited a large number of new actors active in the field at national or regional levels to join. 

The next great challenge of the DU campaign up to 2018 and beyond is global. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) summit on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants launched in 2016 an 18-month process to develop two Global Compacts on Migrants and Refugees. As these Compacts will provide the framework of action for the international community, the members of the DU Campaign chose the Global Compacts as the next primary target.

TDH and other major actors would like to ensure that the rights of all children on the move will be fully reflected, adopted and implemented during 2018 across the Global Compacts on 1) safe, regular and orderly migration, and 2) refugees. The compacts must be appropriately harmonised and operationalised by nation states.

These Global Compacts must be a set of opportunities to promote inclusive and dignified policies for migrant and refugee children and their families for the coming years. Unfortunately, current trends in 2016 and at the beginning of 2017 are showing high risks of regression for children’s rights in decision-making processes. From places of origin and all along the journey towards safety and a better life at the final destination, members of the DU campaign work together to propose ways to build bridges and protect children. 

Published 2019-01-04

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Publication year
2017
Author(s)
Kovner, Bella

Document Information

Publication year
2017
Author(s)
Kovner, Bella