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29 Jul 2014 description

Unprecedented numbers of children migrating without their legal guardian are being apprehended in North America.

In just the first five months of 2014 Mexican immigration authorities detained 4,239 unaccompanied children, representing almost half of all migrant children detained in 2013. Meanwhile, the US has seen an increase of over 90% compared to previous years with more than 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children apprehended since October 2013.