According to UNICEF, there are currently 10,787 unaccompanied foreign minors in Italy, significantly less than the 18,000 counted in 2017. UNICEF explained that this is the result not only of fewer foreign minors arriving, but also that some minors turned 18, while 5,229 became untraceable.
UNICEF has been providing aid to around 7,000 unaccompanied minors. They focus on improving services, protection, providing foster care, training programmes, social activities, and assisting children in transit areas.
One of the challenges in this process is ‘to be able to reach them and give them back an identity and a future.’ Furthermore, protection services are very diverse, there aren’t many alternatives to hosting centres, staff working with UAM lack training, and have little to offer to the children in terms of education and job training.