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Who are children on the move?

Those children moving for a variety of reasons, voluntarily or involuntarily, within or between countries, with or without their parents or other primary caregivers, and whose movement might place them at risk (or at an increased risk) of economic or sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence.

The Destination Unknown campaign

The Destination Unknown campaign – launched in 2012 and coordinated by Terre des Hommes – supports 159 projects in 66 different countries across the globe to protect children on the move. Members of the Destination Unknown campaign work with more than one hundred partners to support children on the move and their families – documenting their needs and advocating for their rights at local, national, regional and global levels. They also campaigned to ensure children on the move have access to all the services they need, from places of origin to destination and all along the migration route, and for children to be reunited with their families where possible and appropriate.


Today nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced.
Unicef, September 2016

Find out where the Destination Unknown campaign is helping them on the interactive map


On 19 September 2016, the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants adopted the ‘New York Declaration’, marking the beginning of a two-year process to develop two new international agreements: the global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration, and the global compact on sharing responsibility for caring for refugees.

Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts:

Terre des Hommes teamed up with Save the Children to form the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts, to ensure child protection and care are at the heart of these still developing agreements.  Leading up to the fall of 2018, the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts will work to raise awareness around and accountability for the rights of children on the move and other children affected by migration.

Read our working document which lays out goals, targets and indicators through which key commitments to child rights outlined in the New York Declaration can be transformed in actions for both Global Compacts:

Follow the Campaign, know more about children on the move, get news and expertise on A specialised website for authorities, professionals, policy-makers, media, NGOs or anyone willing to know more about children who left home.