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Europe gives Adolescent Girls a Chance to Design a New Future: A Big Gain for Global Public Health

Margot I. Witvliet

Europe is experiencing a surge in the arrival of migrants and refugees. This is the first time in European history that such a large number of people from countries outside of Europe are seeking refuge in Europe. Most of these people come from Syria. The number of women and children migrants and refugees arriving to Europe rose significantly in the past year. Europe is uncertain of how to handle the immigrant situation, but many of these new people are children. And some of these children are making the dangerous journey alone. Migrants and refugees often come from countries with high gender inequality. The extent to which Europe invests in newly arrived adolescent girls is important. Because living in Europe gives adolescent girls a chance at a better future. In this article the human right to gender equality is explained. We discuss the global problem of gender inequality. We highlight why migrant and refugee adolescent girls will gain new futures. The impact of the changing European population is discussed.