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Most vulnerable children migrating to Zambia are from the Democratic republic of Congo (DR Congo), a UN-backed study has shown.

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The study found that most of the migrant children from DR Congo are accompanied, with only 2.3 percent unaccompanied and that the majority of the children intend to settle in Zambia while the remainder travel with their parents and don’t know where they intend to settle.
They mainly came through northern and northwestern border districts of Zambia, said the study which is jointly commissioned by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration and the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund.
The study, funded by the European Union, is aimed at giving support to the Zambian government to mitigate the vulnerability and increase protection of children at high risk of trafficking and exploitation due to migration.
“With regard to exploring challenges and needs of vulnerable children and other persons of concern, the study shows that most border posts are not adequately resourced to cater for the immediate and long term needs of vulnerable migrants,” a statement released by the UNHCR office in Zambia said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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