Destination Unknown

The logo for the Destination Unknown campaign
"Destination Unknown – Protect children on the move" is a campaign by the Terre des Hommes International Federation. terre des hommes schweiz is a member of the federation and takes part in the campaign.
The current campaign project is dedicated to the protection and special needs of migrating children and young people. Thanks to the Terre des Hommes network, the campaign can draw on many years of project experience in a large number of countries. This ranges from working with children in refugee camps in the Near East to helping young people in detention camps in Lampedusa, young migrants from El Salvador on their way to the USA and young people from Mozambique looking for work in South Africa.

From their homeland to their destination
Young migrants are exposed to particular dangers. Without the protection of their community or family, they are subject to exploitation and abuse. As young migrants, they are often not treated in ways that are appropriate for their age. However, migration can also mean an improvement in their living conditions. Destination Unknown is intended to ensure that migrating children and young people receive the support and protection they need, both along the way and at their destination.

The work takes place on three levels:
  • Information work and awareness-raising: We expose the reality of why children and young people migrate, as well as the breaches of human and children's rights to which they are exposed because of the inadequate protection.
  • Project work: Project workers try to find solutions and set in place special protective measures for migrating children and young people.
  • Legal work: We try to influence legal decisions and practice with regard to migrating children and young people. At the heart of all the work is the demand that the best solution for the child or young person be found.
The Youth2Youth logo


Help for young people from young people.

In all its work in every single country it is involved in, terre des hommes schweiz relies on the strengths of young people. That is why the training programme Youth2Youth has been developed and is growing constantly.