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

  • By September 2018, some 89,000 refugees and migrants, almost a quarter of whom children, arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean migration routes. Most children arrived in Greece and Spain.
  • Between January and September 2018, nearly 16,700 children benefited from UNICEF specialized child protection support in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Germany. With the start of the school year, 13,810 children were also reached with UNICEF-supported formal and non-formal education activities.
  • Some 3,600 people had access to gender-based violence prevention and response services, and close to 2,000 social and other frontline workers were trained on child protection standards and child protection in emergencies.
  • Despite notable efforts by national authorities, UN agencies and partners to respond to the needs of children on the move, seeking asylum or stranded, migration continues to be the topic of heated political debates across Europe, resulting in many children remaining in poor reception conditions, including detention, with limited access to protection, services and durable solutions.
    • In July 2018, UNICEF revised its funding requirements, now amounting to US$ 34,184,000. This reflects increasing needs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

View report 28: July-September 2018


All situation reports


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