Adolescent refugee challenges under Covid-19

22 June 2020 14:00 - 15:00 GMT+1 (BST)


Nicola Jones @njonesODI – Director, Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE), ODI


Theresa Beltramo – Senior Economist and Head of Analytics, Research and Knowledge Management Unit, UNHCR

Sally Youssef @SallyNYoussef – Qualitative Research Coordinator, GAGE 

Manuel Rodriguez Pumarol @marp0672 – Chief of Social Protection and Policy, UNICEF Jordan

Veronique Barbelet @VeroBarbelet – Senior Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI


In these unprecedented times, millions of refugees face lockdown in environments where social distancing or access to essential financial or medical support are limited or non-existent. As families and communities struggle to access resources, schools or opportunities, child-marriage and unsafe underage labour are beginning to take priority over education, and concerns are mounting that adolescent refugees will be left behind during the pandemic response.  

Based on real-time virtual interviews with adolescents within refugee contexts, we examine age- and gender- specific vulnerabilities of adolescent refugees. We spotlight adolescent refugee voices from the Palestinian, Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises and identify key priorities for policy and programming, as well as putting forward recommendations to address critical education and protection gaps for adolescents during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.