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

  • In 2018, some 141,500 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean migration routes. On average one in every four was a child. This included an estimated 6,000 unaccompanied and separated children.
  • In 2018, UNICEF-supported child protection activities in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Germany reached over 28,000 children, while another 18,900 children benefitted from UNICEF-supported formal and non-formal education activities.
  • Some 4,550 people accessed gender-based violence prevention and response services, and close to 1,200 social workers and other frontline professionals benefitted from capacity-building on child protection standards and child protection in emergencies.
  • Beyond life-saving services, UNICEF also engaged with governments and civil society to ensure sustainability through improved human resources capacities and more robust national child protection and education systems.
  • While 2018 presented a major opportunity for the improved protection of children on the move and seeking asylum in European States with the adoption of the Global Compacts on Refugees and on Migration, many challenges remain. Hardening migration and asylum policies and legislation, rescue boats stranded at sea, push-backs at borders, long stays in sub-standard reception facilities, xenophobia and limited access to services and legal pathways towards durable solutions continue to affect refugee and migrant children.

View report: end of year 2018

End of year report, situation of refugee and migrant children in Europ, 2018

All situation reports


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