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U.N.: "More children join migrant ranks'

Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 01:19

The United Nations says more children are joining the ranks of migrants streaming into Europe. Paul Chapman reports.

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The United Nations says the numbers of children among the ranks of migrants fleeing to Europe has skyrocketed. UNICEF says at least 190, 000 children have sought asylum in Europe so far this year. That's 700 a day of the 760, 000 people who've crossed the Mediterranean. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARIE-PIERRE POIRIER, UNICEF SPECIAL CO-ORDINATOR FOR REFUGEE AND MIGRANT CRISIS IN EUROPE, SAYING: "The proportion of women and children was one third at the beginning of summer. It's now 44 per cent and continuing to increase. The proportion of children is also increasing. It was one-in-ten in June, it's now one-in-three." But UNICEF says there are signs more migrant families are opting to take safer routes to Europe. Many have lost their lives making the dangerous sea journey from Turkey to Greece. With winter setting in, the U.N. says families are travelling instead from Turkey to Bulgaria. There's been no let-up in the surge of migrants heading to European destinations. The border between Serbia and Croatia's become the front line after Hungary put up a fence to stop migrants entering its territory. These migrants have been taken by bus to a Serbian motorway service area to ease congestion on trains to a Croatian transit camp. From there they'll continue the long journey to Western nations like Germany.

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U.N.: "More children join migrant ranks'

Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 01:19