ATHENS, GREECE - MAY 18: Afghan refugee children play outside a tent in a refugee camp on May 18, 2016 in Malakasa, 40km north of Athens, Greece. According to the refugee Crisis Management Coordination Body's figures, 54,574 identified refugeees and migrants are on Greek territory. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

UNICEF: 50 million kids are migrants or refugees

About 50 million children worldwide are living as refugees or migrants. 

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A new UNICEF report highlights the growing crisis of children uprooted because of violence, poverty, conflict and gang violence. 

And kids trying to get out of these situations often have no other choice but to do it alone. More than 100,000 did so last year. 

The UNICEF data shows the number of displaced children has doubled in just a decade's time. 

Plus, the organization said 50 million was a low estimate. 

Traveling without a parent or guardian is risky. Children can end up being trafficked or abused. 

And as displaced children try to reach safety, things like education and health care become nearly inaccessible. 

UNICEF is calling for measures that protect migrant and refugee children from exploitation and violence, but it will likely be a long road, requiring more from the international community.

Read more at UNICEF.

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