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UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe: Humanitarian Situation Report #33 (Jul- Sep 2019)

last modified Apr 08, 2020 10:05 AM


  • Although overall fewer people crossed through Mediterranean migration routes in 2019 compared to 2018, the proportion of children has increased.
    Moreover, September saw a notable spike of sea crossings to both Greece and Italy, where arrivals were respectively 140 and 164 per cent higher than the same period in 2018.

  • Between January and September 2019, over 18,700 children on the move were able to attend UNICEF-supported regular formal and non-formal education classes, while 13,240 were reached with psychosocial support, case management and referral. Over 4,200 unaccompanied children were also supported with community-based care, while close to 4,350 women, girls, boys and men were assisted with GBV prevention and response services.

  • To respond to the growing needs of children on the move in a context of a deteriorating situation on Greek islands, as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, during the summer UNICEF revised its humanitarian appeal.
    It now stands at US$ 29.5 million. UNICEF is urgently seeking US$ 10.5 million to keep children in overcrowded facilities safe from violence and abuse and protect them from the cold winter weather.

Situation in Numbers

  • 82,000 # of arrivals in Europe through Italy, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria in Jan-Sept 2019 (UNHCR, 6 October 2019)

  • 19,800 Estimated # of children among all arrivals through Greece, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria in JanSept 2019. Around a third of them are girls. (UNHCR, 6 October 2019)

  • 43,460 # of estimated children present in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro (UNICEF, September 2019)

  • 11,940 # of unaccompanied and separated children registered in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNICEF, September 2019)


Full report here