Clearinghouse Resource


Refugee Teenagers: Escape and Protection from Persecution and War


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Washington, DC: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

July 1999, 23 pages

Description of Resource

"Each day, somewhere on this planet, teenagers become refugees. These are young people who have fled their home countries to escape persecution or war. Refugee teenagers often face mistreatment during flight, and further dangers await them upon arrival in their country of asylum. Because they are not yet grown up, refugee teenagers are among the most vulnerable groups of any refugee population. This brochure recounts the stories of several refugee teenagers and discusses some of the issues surrounding the protection of refugee adolescents, namely, the dilemmas of unaccompanied minors and the military recruitment of child soldiers." - Publisher's description