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UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe: Humanitarian Situation Report #34 (Jan- Dec 2019)

last modified Jul 14, 2020 10:10 AM


  • Children made up a quarter of the 120,560 refugees and migrants arriving in Europe through Mediterranean migration routes in 2019. Nearly 80 per cent of them were registered in Greece alone.

    • In 2019, with UNICEF support nearly 19,500 children benefitted from psychosocial counselling, case management and referral. Another 5,380 unaccompanied children were also able to access community-based care, and over 24,000 children attended quality formal and non-formal education classes.

    • Some 8,100 women, girls, boys and men were reached by enhanced GBV prevention and response services, while 1,760 frontline practitioners gained knowledge and skills to protect children on the move in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

    • UNICEF’s 2019 Refugee and Migrant HAC appeal was 70 per cent funded.
    As UNICEF now enters its fifth year of active response, its needs amount to US$ 27.3 million to ensure that in 2020 newly arrived refugee and migrant children and their families have access to critical services, while those already in Europe have expanded social inclusion opportunities through access to education, health and protection

Situation in Numbers

  • 120,560 Number of arrivals in Europe through Italy, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria in 2019 (UNHCR, 16 January 2020)

  • 29,000 Estimated vumber of children among all arrivals in Europe through Greece, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria in 2019. Around a third of them are girls. (UNHCR, 16 January 2020)

  • 45,650 Number of estimated children present in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro (UNICEF December 2019)

  • 12,800 Number of unaccompanied and separated children registered in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNICEF, December 2019)

Full report: here