Children on the move in Italy and Greece
Interviews with refugee and migrant children in Italy and Greece shed light on why they have left home, and why they have ended up in Europe.
This joint study by UNICEF and REACH finds that refugee and migrant children on the move into Europe from Africa take the decision to leave home on their own, and that Europe may not have been their intended destination at the start of their journey. Based on interviews in Italy and Greece with 850 children aged 15 to 17, the study reveals that the systematic trauma and abuse most had witnessed or suffered in Libya caused them to flee to Europe via the terrifying Central Mediterranean sea route. The study aims to give decision makers, partners and governments evidence on what drives children to flee from their homes and countries.
“What is striking about this study is that it shows, for the first time, that there are far more factors that push children to leave their homes than have been previously understood, and fewer pull factors that lure them to Europe,” says Afshan Khan UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia.
Files available for download
Access to formal education for unaccompanied children in shelters - May 2017
Children’s perceptions of access to services in accommodation sites in Greece - Apr 2017
Children’s perceptions of access to services outside accommodation sites in Greece - Mar 2017
Access to education for off-site refugee & migrant children in Greece - Mar 2017
Access to basic services for off-site refugee & migrant children in Greece - Mar 2017
Refugee and migrant children in urban sites - Greece, Thessaloniki Region - 16 Mar 2017
Refugee and migrant child population outside accommodation sites in Thessaloniki - Feb 2017
Monitoring mechanism on the rights of children on the move in Greece - Jul-Dec 2016
Review of monitoring practices implemented in UASC reception facilities in Sicily - May 2017
Situation overview: Unaccompanied and separated Eritrean children outside of the reception system in Rome - May 2017
Unaccompanied and separated children dropping out of the primary reception system, Italy - Feb 2017
Unaccompanied and separated children in transit in Ventimiglia, Italy - Feb 2017