Refugee Children

Refugee Children in Pakistan

Pakistan is home to a large number of refugees, including children. Many of these refugees have fled conflict and persecution in countries such as Afghanistan, and are living in camps or urban areas in Pakistan. The conditions faced by refugee children in Pakistan can vary, but many face challenges, including:
  • Lack of access to education: Many refugee children in Pakistan are unable to attend school due to a lack of documentation or because they are required to work in order to support their families. This can limit their future opportunities and make it difficult for them to integrate into their host communities.
  • Poverty: Many refugee families in Pakistan live in poverty, which can have a negative impact on the well-being of children. They may struggle to afford basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter, and may not have access to clean water or sanitation.
  • Health problems: Refugee children in Pakistan may be at higher risk of illness due to crowded living conditions and lack of access to healthcare. They may also be more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
  • Lack of legal protection: Many refugees in Pakistan are not recognized as such by the government, which means that they are not afforded the same legal protections as Pakistani citizens. This can make it difficult for them to access services and can leave them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

What does CRC says about Refugee Children?

Under Article 22 of the CRC, a child or young person who leaves their country of origin to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster, has the right to appropriate protection and provisions, such as health, education, and housing. The rights under the CRC govern all children regardless of where in the world they are located; thus, refugee and asylum-seeking children do not lose any of their rights simply because they have moved from one country to another .  

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