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

  • Since January 2019, 35,400 refugees and migrants (one in four of whom children) arrived through the Mediterranean migration routes. The majority were registered in Greece, bringing the number of refugee and migrant children present in this country to 32,000- a 52 per cent increase since January.
  • In the five countries where UNICEF supports the integration of children on the move (Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Italy, Serbia), 17,400 of them attended formal and non-formal education, and another 8,000 benefitted from psychosocial support, case management and referral. Community-based care was provided to 2,600 unaccompanied children. Over 2,900 women, girls, boys and men were also assisted with GBV prevention and response services.
  • Aiming at system strengthening, UNICEF technical assistance to authorities resulted in the implementation of new legislation on guardianship and care for unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Greece, in expanding access to formal education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, improving safeguarding measures in reception centers in Serbia, and enhancing skills-building for vulnerable adolescents in Italy.
  • Migration remains highly political with restrictive asylum policies, increased immigration detention, violent push-backs at borders and the criminalization of solidarity. Reception conditions offered to children in several countries are below regional norms, while shifts in funding priorities threaten gains achieved in education. Yet, the new European leadership and policy reforms under-way present opportunities to improve standards to keep children safe from violence and provide them with the basic care and services they need to integrate and contribute to host communities.

View situation report for April - June 2019

All situation reports


Report 32: April - June 2019      Report 31: January - March 2019      


Consolidated emergency report - 2018      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