Terre des hommes protects children in migration, whether it is voluntary or forced. We raise awareness of the related risks while taking into account the opportunities migration can offer these children. We work to ensure they maintain access to their rights and propose alternative solutions where possible.

What we do

Reducing vulnerability among migrant children

No matter why children migrate, Tdh accompanies them, protects them, and makes them less vulnerable. We work with children at their point of departure, during their journeys and when they arrive at their final destinations. Our teams ensure children have access to their rights throughout their journey. They work to reduce and prevent the risks children are liable to face and to increase their resilience, providing them with help when they find themselves in difficulty.

Protecting child migrants

Protecting child migrants can also be achieved by increasing their access to better opportunities and sustainably improving their living conditions, not to mention the conditions of their community as a whole. At the point of departure, Tdh's work focuses on the economic causes of migration and the well-being of local populations. Once they have reached their final destination, Tdh encourages children to seize opportunities for development and helps them to integrate. TDH supports migration stakeholders and their initiatives when they are consistent with children's best interests.

Advocacy, awareness raising and communication

In Europe and elsewhere in the world, the political context does not favour the protection of child migrants' rights. Additional efforts are required in the areas of advocacy, awareness raising and communication, at both an international level and in the societies where these migrants end up. TDH carries out advocacy work with the public authorities on the one hand, and supports the State authorities on the other with the development and implementation of laws, policies and mechanisms to protect children in mobility.

"The question involves discovering how to improve the present and the future of hundreds of thousands of children, for whom mobility has become a necessary step in the absence of a developmental perspective capable of changing their daily lives."

Olivier Feynerol, Head of Tdh's Migration Programme


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