Children with disabilities and children on the move are among the most marginalized young populations around the globe. But what happens when these two identities intersect?
A new UNICEF report, Included, Every Step of the Way: Upholding the rights of migrant and displaced children with disabilities, asks this question. Whether they live in humanitarian settings or high-income countries, the report finds, children with disabilities who have migrated or been displaced face serious risks and severe deprivations. Many do not have access to the health care, food or clean water they need to survive and thrive. Many are missing from the classroom. Many are exposed to violence and exploitation. And when crisis hits, many of these children will suffer disproportionate harm. Yet, despite these high barriers to equal participation in society, the rights of children with disabilities who are on the move remain overlooked, neglected, and ignored by policymakers and practitioners.