Refugee and migrant children in Europe

Overview of trends from January to December 2022

Unaccompanied children climb stairs in Lampedusa


Some 35,170 children arrived in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain. Of these, 23,514  or 67% were unaccompanied or separated children. This is 46% higher than the total number of arrivals in 2021. Of these children 18% were girls and 82% were boys.

Some 12,300 children or 52% of the total, were in resettlement procedures in Europe in 2022.

Of all the children who sought international protection in Europe in 2022, some 158,685 or 69% were registered in just four countries: Germany (35%), France (15%), Austria (10%) and Spain (9%).

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