Mobile children and youth are a particularly vulnerable group within an already fragile community of displaced persons. In recent weeks the way in which the COVID-19 pandemic has further destabilised their situations has become a cause of heightened concern. The phrase ‘at high risk’ has been used to describe them. The risks range from greater vulnerability to exploitation to the risk of detention especially for those caught mid-journey, and of abandonment by smugglers and others as they find traditional routes closed during lockdowns. Those in detention and at immigration centres are at greater risk due to physical proximity and lack of social distancing.
Read more: Refugee Digest 43