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Recommended principles to guide actions concerning children on the move and other children affected by migration


30 June 2016

The “Principles” are intended to influence policy makers and other stakeholders responsible for implementing measures that affect the rights and needs of these children. They take note of the recommendations set out in the Committee on the Rights of the Child’s 2012 Day of General Discussion Report on “The Rights of All Children in the Context of International Migration”.

These “Principles”, by being coherent, clear and widely known, are intended to improve the quality of protection afforded to all Children on the Move and Other Children affected by Migration, and to enhance programming, accountability, advocacy and communication. Many of the “Principles” are binding obligations already widely ratified by States. Nevertheless, because they are without exception poorly and incompletely implemented, their re-statement in concise form provides a workable tool for action.

9 Principles to guide actions concerning children on the move

Use these “Principles” to act and influence policy makers and other stakeholders. Make sure these binding obligations are implemented and children are fully protected. The « Principles » and their explanatory comments are available on

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Jacqueline Bhabha and Mike Dottridge as part of a consultative process of a large number of experts from UN agencies, academics, donor agencies and civil society organisations