Situation reports and advocacy briefs on refugee and migrant children

Latest information on refugee and migrant children in Europe

Hiba Al Nabolsi a 10 year old Syrian refugee endured an exhausting and risky journey to safety. Here she is in a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space at a refugee and migrant transit centre in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
UNICEF/UN034289/Torgovnik / Verbatim Photo

Situation reports

Situation report are the main reporting tool to monitor UNICEF's Humanitarian Action for Children appeal for the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. It provides an update on the situation and needs of refugee and migrant children and women in Europe, as well as UNICEF's response and funding requirements. 



Latest situation report

  • During the first quarter of 2019, some 16,000 refugees and migrants arrived through the Mediterranean migration routes. Although this represents a slight decrease compared to the same period in 2018, the proportion of children has increased from one in five to one in every four arrivals in Europe.
  • Between January and March 2019, UNICEF helped some 4,480 children benefit from quality specialized child protection support and close to 1,950 unaccompanied children being assisted with care and protection in Italy, Greece and the Balkans. Another 15,850 children regularly attended UNICEF-supported formal and non-formal education activities, while some 1,100 people also accessed GBV prevention and response services.
  • The operational context in Europe remains challenging with increased standoffs and fatalities at sea and a polarized public debate on migration. While many governments have made progress in reforming national protection and education systems to improve refugee and migrant children’s reception conditions, access to mainstream services, there is an unfinished agenda requiring further attention to durable solutions, protection from violence, abuse and exploitation, and overall to social inclusion.
  • As UNICEF refugee and migrant response in Europe enters into its fifth year, activities have been optimized and funding requirements revised to better reflect the evolving needs of refugee and migrant children in frontline countries. These now amount to US$ 27.5 million, of which US$ 12.4 million is for child protection and US$ 9.4 million is for education.

View situation report for January - March 2019

All situation reports


Report 31: January - March 2019       Report 30: December 2018       Report 29: July - September       Report 28: January-June       

Report 27: January-March


Report 26: September-December        Report 25: July-September     Report 24: May-June
Report 23: April          Report 22: March        Report 21: February      Report 20: January


Report 19: December              Report 18: November             Report 17: October    
Report 16: September             Report 15: August                   Report 14: July
Report 13: June                       Report 12: May                        Report 11: April
Report 10: March                     Report 9: February                 Report 8: January    
Report 7:14 December 2015 - 3 January 2016


Report 6: October - December           Report 5: 18 November - 1 December           
Report 4: 1-17 November                   Report 3: 19 - 31 October
Report 2: 1 - 18 October                     Report 1: 1 January - 12 October