Refugees and Migration

A child forced to flee his or her home is exposed to tremendous risks and suffering, and prevented from fulfilling their potential. The average time spent in displacement is 17 years. For children, this is their whole childhood. Beyond the immediate impact that this has on children, there are also long-term consequences. When whole generations from countries devastated by conflict are distressed and left behind, it gives way to problems for entire societies. Widespread displacement requires urgent action.  While this must be built on political solutions at the source of the problem, it must also include practical solutions for the millions of refugees today. And this can start by providing opportunities for refugee children and opportunities for displaced families to earn a living. There is also great potential in public-private partnerships.