By Maria Suelzu, International Advocacy Officer for Caritas Internationalis
International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. This year the theme is ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward’.
Many migrants are minors. They can be children with relatives, who are looking for asylum or a better place to live and get out of extreme poverty. They can be adolescents trying to escape from hardship, poverty, war or persecution on their own. They can be children moving from poor rural areas to big cities or young girls forced into domestic work at an early age who live and work in conditions often close to servitude.
All these minors should be protected by the provisions indicated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that are binding for the countries who have ratified them (most in fact) and should be used as guidelines by the others. Continue reading