This chapter sets out the main strengths and limitations of the available data (and estimates) on child migrants and refugees. It explains these underlying data problems which, with associated policy gaps, have serious consequences for children. The data gaps pertain to all groups of child migrants, but particularly to the most vulnerable of these, including unaccompanied asylum seeking children, refugee children, those displaced within national borders and trafficked children. The author argues that the current policy focus on children’s migration status serves to obscure the complexity of their needs, as well as the duties of states towards them, as children.
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