05 April 2023

Children seeking safety and asylum in Europe

The Central Mediterranean Sea is one the busiest migration routes travelled by children seeking asylum, refuge, safety and better opportunities in Europe. Children crossing this perilous route are often doing so to escape conflict and war. Many have spent months travelling through transit countries across North Africa and the Middle East to reach…, UNICEF Emergency Response in Italy, Italy supporting refugee and migrant families and children Since 2016, UNICEF has provided critical support and services to children and families migrating and seeking asylum and refuge in Italy. This includes working with the Government of Italy and partners to ensure children and women can access quality health care, education and protection…, A woman and boy laugh together. Child protection, S ituation  The Central Mediterranean Sea crossing is one of the most dangerous migration routes in the world. Deaths and disappearances on this route tripled this summer compared to last. Most shipwrecks go unrecorded, and most don’t survive when ships capsize, so the true number of casualties is likely far higher. An estimated 1 in 5 refugees…, Two women stand in front of street art. Gender-based violence prevention, mitigation and response, Data situation  Girls and women experience gender-based violence (GBV) before, during and after migration. Nearly two-thirds of women who migrated to Italy to seek safety and asylum reported having left their country of origin due to personal violence. Along the Central Mediterranean Sea route the risks of GBV are particularly high, especially for…, Three girls work on a laptop. Adolescent Development and Participation, Situation  Adolescents on the move face a unique set of challenges that prevent them for accessing the same opportunities as their peers. Linguistic and cultural barriers, a lack of the recognition of qualifications and professional skills obtained in their countries of origin and a limited window of time to build knowledge and skills needed to…, Helplines and resources for families migrating in and through Europe, Children and families migrating and seeking asylum have varying needs. People on the move may be asylum-seekers, refugees, stateless people, victims of trafficking, unaccompanied and separated children, and migrants in an irregular situation. Emergency helplines and resources are available in response countries to provide emergency, protection…, Albania, Resource Number  Emergency number   112  Missing children hotline  116 000  Child helpline  116 111  Anti-trafficking helpline  116 006   Mental health and psychosocial support helpline  116 111; https://www.nukjevetem.al/   , Bosnia and Herzegovina, Resource  Number / Website  Emergency number    124 Child Helpline   080 05 03 05 Anti-violence helpline   1302 Further information on essential services and humanitarian assistance UNHCR Help Page, Bulgaria, Resource  Number / Website  Emergency number   112  Missing children hotline  116 000  Child helpline  116 111  Anti-violence helpline  0800 18 676  Anti-trafficking helpline  0800 20 100   Mental health and psychosocial support helplines  0800 11 466   Staying safe online  https://www.safenet.bg/bg/ (available in English and Bulgarian) , Greece, Resource  Number / Website  Emergency number  112  Missing children hotline  116 000  Child helpline  1056; 1107   Anti-violence helpline  15900  Anti-trafficking helpline  1109  Mental health and psychosocial support helpline  1056; 10306  , Italy, Resource   Number  Emergency number  112  Missing children hotline  116 000  Child helpline  114  Anti-violence helpline  15 22  Anti-trafficking helpline  800 290 290   Mental health and psychosocial support helplines  1 96 96   Staying safe online  https://www.generazioniconnesse.it/site/it/home-page/ (available in Italian) , Montenegro, Resource  Number / Website  Emergency number    112     Child Helpline   116 111 Anti-violence helpline   080 111 111 Anti-trafficking helpline   11 6666 Mental health and psychosocial support helplines   116 111; 080 888 88, North Macedonia, Resource  Number / Website  Emergency number    112 Child Helpline   +3897039053 Anti-violence helpline    +38975255154 Anti-trafficking helpline   080011111 Mental health and psychosocial support helplines   +38972912676, Serbia, Resource  Number  Emergency number  112  Missing children hotline  116 000  Child helpline  116 111   Anti-violence helpline  116 111  Anti-trafficking helpline  +381 11 785 0000   Mental health and psychosocial support helpline  +381 63 389 729   , Türkiye, Resource  Number  Emergency number    112 Missing children hotline   183 Anti-violence helpline   444 43 06 Anti-trafficking helpline   157; +90 312 157 11 22 Mental health and psychosocial support helpline   183; 182 Anti-violence numbers for other EU countries: https://www.coe.int/en/web/istanbul-convention/help-lines    Child helpline numbers…, Resources and helplines for families fleeing Ukraine, How to receive essential services, protection and other support if you're a refugee from Ukraine entering a neighbouring country. If you or someone you care about has been displaced from Ukraine and is currently in a neighbouring or surrounding country, there is help available., Other emergency responses, UNI396373, UNICEF Emergency Response Office in Slovakia, For every child in Slovakia, protection. UNICEF, UNICEF Emergency Response in Hungary, Delivering multi-sectorial services for refugee and host-community children is at the heart of our work in Hungary. young girl refugee Czechia, UNICEF Refugee Response in the Czech Republic, Supporting families who’ve fled the war and promoting the rights of every child in the Czech Republic
22 February 2023

A place full of contrasts 

The Humanitarian Center in Gabčíkovo is a very contrasting place. Freezing corridors and warm rooms; a constant silence broken by the echoing noise of closing doors. Smiling children run and play together, but their families are torn apart by the war. Initially a temporary solution; now a continued reality for those who have nowhere else to go.…, Helping others: Yulia’s distraction , Yulia first arrived in Gabčíkovo with her 10-year-old son Artemy in the middle of March 2022, almost a year ago, leaving behind her husband and her routine, scared and uncertain about the future.  Artemy was not happy to leave his home country and move abroad, but things got a bit better when they were joined by Yulia's mother.  Yulia, a former…, The children are still scared , Karine has been in Gabčíkovo for almost a year now. Originally from Odessa, she also arrived in Slovakia in March 2022, together with her children and sister.    Karine, a kindergarten teacher from Odessa, Ukraine, in her class in Humanitarian Center in Gabčíkovo. Karine, a kindergarten teacher from Odessa, Ukraine, in her class in Humanitarian…, A contrasting place indeed   , "On the one hand, Gabčíkovo is convenient because refugees have everything here,” explains Katka, a social worker at the centre. “If they have any problems, they can sort them out here: they don't have to go anywhere; everything is in one place. On the other hand, it makes it more difficult for them to integrate.”    Social workers Katka, Melinda…, I just want to take my dog on a trip  , A completely different glimpse into everyday life in Gabčíkovo is offered by Marianna, a 15-year-old girl who fled Kramatorsk, close to the frontline in Eastern Ukraine, with her family eleven months ago.    She and her family did not plan to stay in Slovakia for long. This is the main reason why Marianna initially did not enroll in a Slovak…, The end of the war with a magic wand   , Samuel and Anastasia, both 8 years old, like Gabčíkovo, especially when the volunteers come and play with them. Like many kids their age, they are not too fond of going to school or attending their Slovak language course, which is a must for all children until the age of 15.  Anastasia is playing in the kindergarten room in Gačíkovo Humanitarian…