Published: November 08, 2019
ZAGREB, Croatia — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
United Nations agencies say some 60,000 migrants who reached Italy in recent years as unaccompanied minors are now 18 or older and need continued support as they transit to adulthood.
The agencies presented a report in Rome on Friday that said more than 70,000 unaccompanied minors reached Italy between 2014 and 2018, many of them rescued at sea from Libya-based human traffickers' unseaworthy boats.
Some 90 percent were 15-17 years old and now are adults.
UNICEF official Anna Riati said the difference is "negligible" between a refugee or migrant aged 17 and one aged 18 when both have lived through similar traumatic experiences.
The report warned that loss of protection afforded to minors can put young adults at risk of sexual exploitation and other abuse. source