Over 6 million migrant and displaced children live in South Africa

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This was revealed on Monday during a Department of Social Development roundtable on unaccompanied and separated migrant children.

FILE: Officials said child migration in the region was largely due to poor economic prospects in neighboring countries. Image: iStock.

CAPE TOWN – Over six million migrant and displaced children currently live in South Africa.

This was revealed on Monday at a Ministry of Social Development roundtable on unaccompanied and separated migrant children.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that around the world, 33 million children had been forcibly displaced by the end of 2019.

The panelists reiterated that in order to respond effectively to the plight of these children, concerted efforts were needed to establish better collaboration between government departments, local NGOs and international organizations.

Helen Nyangoya of UNICEF said that one in four immigrants to South Africa was a child: “South Africa is the main destination for children on the move. The high number of children in South Africa also includes children from East and Southern Africa. Children who migrate to the southern African region such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi are also Horn of Africa children.

Lillian Thobejane from the Department of Social Development stressed that South African law extends to all children, including migrant children.

“DSD has ensured this service delivery by initiating and developing policies aimed at clarifying the provision of care and protection to specifically migrant children. “

Officials said the migration of children to the region was largely due to poor economic prospects in neighboring countries.

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