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Model of Integral Service for Migrant Children in Mexico

Migration is an historic global phenomenon now soaring in many parts of the world. In particular, migration flows in Central America have caused complex social dynamics both in that region and in neighboring countries. Inequality, conflict, and poverty are typically the main causes of the displacement of people and of the violence and insecurity to which family members are exposed. Save the Children and its Model of Integral Service for Migrant Children initiative present an innovative approach, providing protection, nutrition, and psycho-social support to migrant children between 0-5 years of age that arrive in Mexico. This initiative can also provide lessons for other contexts where migration flows are present.


Between 2018-2019, one-third of the migrants entering Mexico were girls and boys. Some of them were adolescents, and nearly half were under 11. In addition, every year an estimated 10,000 Mexican children are sent back from the United States. Migrating children are exposed to violence and long journeys, which are typically traumatic due to the prevailing insecurity and other adverse conditions, all of which has a negative effect on their integral development.


The project offers a program to support migrant children, promoting their development and ensuring their protection. It includes a health and nutrition improvement component consisting of a series of workshops on adequate food, food handling and breastfeeding. The program runs in 17 Mexican states, particularly in the northern border (Baja California) and southern border (Chiapas).

Evaluation and Impact

Information not yet available.

Basic data

Target population
Girls and Boys (0-3) years
Girls and Boys (3-5) years
Health and nutrition
Protection and security
Save the Children
Start date
Intermediate stage
Type of Intervention
Psychosocial care and stimulation
Sessions in centers
Delivery mode
Group sessions