The phenomenon of homelessness of children

International bodies define child homelessness as the removal of children under the age of 18 from their families or the environment in which they lived from the beginning, and statistics indicate that there are approximately 22 million homeless children in the world, and this number includes children who have become homeless due to the separation of parents Or refugees from wars and conflicts, asylum seekers and others. Studies have indicated that a large number of them have been displaced for a long period of up to many years, especially children affected by armed conflicts; It turns out that they have faced approximately 6 or 7 years of homelessness.

the reasons

  • Family disintegration in its many forms, including abandonment, divorce, death or travel of a parent.
  • The poor living conditions and the high rate of unemployment, as there are entire families living without a breadwinner, which leads them to push their children to the streets to work, beg, or otherwise, in addition to dropping out of education and schools.
  • The spread of informal settlements that lack good living conditions, which represent the future hotbeds of street children.
  • The spread of Western culture among societies and personal freedom, which leads the child to lead a private life of which he is unaware of its consequences.
  • Parents mistreatment of their children, which leads to them fleeing and taking to the streets.


  • The biggest consequence of child displacement is the conversion to crime. One of the most dangerous consequences is the recruitment of a large number of these children by criminal organizations and bringing them to work with them, and the mixing of children with criminal precedents, such as: drug addicts, thieves, and murderers.
  • Many children resort to accepting very difficult poor working conditions to earn their living, and others may resort to the easiest way to earn, which is theft or work for criminal organizations.
  • The emergence of a generation of children suffering from psychological disorders and many physiological diseases, as their homelessness in their teenage years, which is the age of their personality development, helps in the formation of a troubled personality.
  • Infection of children with chronic diseases such as typhoid, sexual and skin diseases, including scabies and others.


  • Establishing educational and rehabilitation institutions for homeless children.
  • Creating quick laws related to the phenomenon of school dropout, which is an important step in the problem of child homelessness.
  • Finding bodies that deal with family and social problems to reduce the number of separated families.
  • Activating the role of the Social Security Institution to help poor families and reduce the phenomenon of removing children from schools to work in difficult living conditions in order to support their families.
  • Placing drug addicted children in psychiatric clinics and special care homes, and rehabilitating them to become effective members of society.

A topic about child homelessness

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