Refugee and migrant crisis
Thousands of families continue to flee their homes due to conflict, fear of persecution and lack of opportunity in countries like Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Gambia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.
Here journalists can access the latest news and resources on the situation for children and UNICEF’s response.
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Global agreements on migration and refugees should include commitments to protect children, UNICEF urges world leaders
MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 November 2017 – The rights, protection and wellbeing of uprooted children should be central commitments of global migration policies, UNICEF said today ahead of a meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on safe, regular and orderly migration.
UNICEF statement on suicide of 11-year-old Afghan refugee in Austria
VIENNA/GENEVA, 22 November, 2017 – “The recent reported suicide* of an 11 year-old Afghan boy in a refugee facility in Austria is a tragic reminder that European authorities need to pay greater attention to the deep psychosocial distress facing thousands of refugee children and children on the move.
Bangladesh steps up vaccination for new Rohingya arrivals as measles cases rise
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 10 November 2017 – An increase in the number of suspected measles cases among the newly arrived Rohingya and their host communities in southern Bangladesh has prompted the Government and UN partners to step up immunization efforts in overcrowded camps and makeshift shelters close to the border with Myanmar.
Growing number of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Greece in urgent need of shelter, care and protection
ATHENS/GENEVA, 27 October 2017 – Only a third of the nearly 3,000 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children currently in Greece are receiving proper shelter and care, UNICEF warned today. The children’s agency is urging key policy and legal reforms to help keep vulnerable children safe.
Geneva Palais Briefing Note: Malnutrition among Rohingya child refugees
GENEVA, 27 October 2017 - We are working to get a clear understanding on the extent of acute malnutrition among Rohingya child refugees and a nutrition survey is underway which will give us this data in November. What we already know is that the combination of malnutrition, sanitary conditions, and disease in the refugee settlements, is potentially catastrophic for children.
1.5 million vulnerable children in the Middle East threatened as winter approaches
AMMAN, 26 October 2017 – The coming winter is the latest threat to children affected by crises in the Middle East. As UNICEF races to provide warm clothing, winter supplies and blankets before the cold sets in, the organisation is facing a $60 million gap that could leave up to 1.5 million children exposed to the cold.
Violence in Myanmar driving up to 12,000 Rohingya refugee children into Bangladesh every week – UNICEF
DHAKA, BANGLADESH/GENEVA, 20 October 2017 – Desperate living conditions and waterborne diseases are threatening more than 320,000 Rohingya refugee children who have fled to southern Bangladesh since late August, including some 10,000 who crossed from Myanmar over the past few days, UNICEF said today.
Geneva Palais Briefing - UNICEF Rohingya refugee response funding
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 17 October 2017 - Without immediate additional funding, UNICEF will not be able to continue providing lifesaving aid and protection to Rohingya children who have fled horrific violence in Myanmar for refuge in Bangladesh. Almost 60 per cent of the 582,000 refugees who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are children – and thousands more are crossing each week.
UNICEF’s preventive plan to mitigate the risk of Acute Water Diarrhoea (AWD) and Cholera among Rohingya Refugees
GENEVA/DHAKA, Bangladesh 6 October 2017 - This is a situation update from Maya Vandenant, Chief of Health, UNICEF Bangladesh, – to whom quoted text may be attributed – for today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Joint statement by Emergency Relief Coordinator and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock and UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 4 October 2017 - We leave Bangladesh moved by the stories of suffering that we heard from refugees fleeing the violence in Myanmar – and all the more determined that the United Nations do all it can to assist the Government of Bangladesh in coping with this crisis.
Statement from UNICEF Representative on the drowning of Rohingya refugee women and children in the Bay of Bengal
COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH, 28 September 2017 - “The tragic accident that this evening cost the lives of at least 14 people – including several children – in the waters of the Bay of Bengal is a grim reminder of the extraordinary risks that desperate Rohingya are taking in order to escape the violence engulfing their homeland.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra meets with Syrian children and youth in Jordan
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 13 September 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra wrapped up a two-day visit to Jordan this week where she met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict.
Up to three quarters of children and youth face abuse, exploitation and trafficking on Mediterranean migration routes – UNICEF, IOM
NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, 12 September 2017 – Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – UNICEF and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, said today in a new report.
Children on the move from Africa do not first aim to go to Europe, new UNICEF study shows
GENEVA, 25 July 2017 – Children on the move into Europe from Africa take the decision to leave home on their own and do not initially intend to go to Europe. For the majority the systematic trauma and abuse they witnessed or suffered in Libya caused them to flee to Europe and take the terrifying Central Mediterranean sea route, according to a new study commissioned by UNICEF and carried out by REACH.
Mediterranean rescue vessels must not be prevented from saving refugee and migrant children at sea - UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 July 2017 – With thousands of refugees and migrants being pulled from the Mediterranean Sea each week, UNICEF is warning that a proposed code of conduct for NGOs carrying out search and rescue missions could put many lives at risk – especially those of children.
Over 7 million children are on the move in West and Central Africa each year
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 5 July 2017 – Children account for over half of the 12 million West and Central African people on the move each year, with some 75 per cent of them remaining in sub-Saharan Africa, and less than one in five heading to Europe - UNICEF announced today as part of a new report.
South Sudan refugee crisis: Over 1,000 children fleeing violence and instability every day
KAMPALA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 20 June 2017 – As more than 1,000 children continue to flee South Sudan, on average every day in search of safety, the region’s refugee crisis has become a children’s crisis, UNICEF said today, on World Refugee Day.
In historic first, UNICEF appoints Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 19 June 2017 – UNICEF announced today, on the eve of World Refugee Day, the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment makes Muzoon the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for UNICEF.
UNICEF reaches children fleeing to Angola from violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
LUANDA, Angola 1 June 2017 – More than 9,000 children who have arrived at two temporary reception centres in Dundo, northern Angola, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) need urgent support, UNICEF said today. To date, more than 25,000 people have arrived in Angola, having fled violence in the Kasai province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
At least 200 children lost at sea trying to reach Italian shores so far this year
TAORMINA, Italy, 25 May 2017 – At least 200 children have died along the dangerous Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy so far this year – a rate of more than one child per day – according to the latest estimates from UNICEF. The updated child death figures come as leaders of G7 countries gather in Sicily, a major locus for the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.
Five-fold increase in number of refugee and migrant children traveling alone since 2010 – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 17 May 2017 – The global number of refugee and migrant children moving alone has reached a record high, increasing nearly five-fold since 2010, UNICEF said today in a new report. At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children were recorded in some 80 countries in the combined years of 2015 and 2016, up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011.
More than one million children have fled escalating violence in South Sudan
JUBA/GENEVA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 8 May 2017 – More than one million children have now fled South Sudan where escalating conflict is ravaging the country, UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today.
Refugee and migrant children stranded in European transit countries suffer psychologically in the face of uncertain future - UNICEF
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 4 May 2017 – Nearly 75,000 refugees and migrants, including an estimated 24,600 children, currently stranded in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Western Balkans are at risk of psychosocial distress caused by living in a protracted state of limbo, UNICEF warned today. Despite having a legitimate right to join families in destination countries in Western Europe, like Germany or Sweden, most stranded asylum seekers do not know whether or when they will be permitted to move forward.
UNICEF hails new Italian law to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children as model for Europe
ROME, GENEVA, 29 March 2017 - UNICEF welcomes the Italian Parliament for passing an historic law to boost support and protection for the record number of foreign unaccompanied and separated children who arrived in Italy – nearly 26,000 in 2016. With nearly 2,000 foreign children arriving on the Mediterranean in the first two months of 2017, the upward trend in arrivals is expected to continue this year making this law timely and relevant.
Statement on impact on children of new law in Hungary - attributed to UNICEF Regional Director and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, Afshan Khan
GENEVA, 9 March 2017 – "UNICEF is alarmed by the adoption of a new law in Hungary that foresees the mandatory detention of refugee and migrant children over 14 years of age. We appeal to the President to treat all children as children first and foremost, before signing this new law.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on new US rules on refugees
NEW YORK, 7 March 2017 – “Refugee children fleeing violence and terror need our support now more than ever. They are among the most vulnerable and traumatized children in the world. UNICEF is committed to continuing our work with the United States and other government partners to help them.
A deadly journey for children: The migration route from North Africa to Europe
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 28 February 2017 – Refugee and migrant children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy, UNICEF warned in a new report.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets children and families affected by Boko Haram violence on Niger trip
NEW YORK/NIAMEY, Niger, 24 February 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom this week travelled to Diffa, south-east Niger, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin where Boko Haram violence has caused huge population displacements. Hundreds of thousands of children across the region have been forced from their homes, are out of education and at risk of malnutrition.
Two refugees, generations apart, tell their story in new UNICEF film
NEW YORK, 3 February 2017 – A powerful new UNICEF film presenting the parallel stories of a young Syrian refugee and a World War II child refugee was released today as a stark illustration of the challenges that refugee children continue to face.
Deadliest winter for refugee and migrant children crossing the Central Mediterranean, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 3 February, 2017 – A record number of refugee and migrant deaths in the Central Mediterranean over the past three months, including an estimated 190 children, has prompted an urgent appeal from UNICEF to leaders of European Union member states meeting in Malta.
UNICEF statement on child refugees
NEW YORK, 30 January 2017 – “The needs of refugees have never been greater. Worldwide 28 million children have been uprooted by conflict, driven from their homes by violence and terror. They need our help.
Young refugee and migrant children at risk as extreme cold weather grips much of Europe – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 January 2017 – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses -- and even death from hypothermia, UNICEF said today.
Children’s needs central to response as Gambia uncertainty continues
DAKAR, 19 January 2017 – As the Gambia faces an uncertain political transition, the situation raises concerns for the nearly 26,000 people – half of them children – who have left the country to neighbouring Senegal. The threat of unrest has also left thousands of children in the Gambia without access to education following the closure of schools in parts of the country.
Number of unaccompanied or separated children arriving by sea to Italy doubles in 2016 – UNICEF
LAMPEDUSA, Italy, 13 January 2017 – Some 25,800 unaccompanied or separated children arrived to Italy by sea in 2016 – that’s more than double the 12,360 who arrived during the previous year. These children account for a staggering 91 per cent of all the 28,200 children who reached Italy’s shores in 2016 as refugees or migrants.
Child rights agencies call on EU to put refugee and migrant children first
BRUSSELS, 29 November 2016 – European Union institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 agencies including Save the Children and UNICEF said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels.
Children and pregnant women among those lost at sea in latest tragedy on the Mediterranean – UNICEF
LAMPEDUSA, Italy, 3 November 2016 – A number of children and pregnant women were among the 240 people reported to have drowned off the coast of Libya Wednesday attempting to reach European shores.
UNICEF calls on Italian parliament to pass bill providing support for record number of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children
ROME/LAMPEDUSA, 27 October 2016 –UNICEF is calling on the Italian parliament to urgently pass an historic bill that would strengthen support and protection for the record number of unaccompanied and separated children – at least 20,000 – who have arrived in Italy this year. Near daily reports of migrant drownings on the Mediterranean show clearly that passage of the bill cannot come a moment too soon for children risking their lives to reach Italian shores.
UNICEF calls for urgent protection of all children that remain in the Calais camp
PARIS/LONDON, 27 October, 2016 - “UNICEF is deeply troubled that last night, with the camp on fire, many children were forced to sleep out in exposed and cold conditions. And reports today from volunteers in Calais that some children have been escorted away by police for not having a wristband are shocking.
UNICEF calls on European Council to address plight of refugee and migrant children
BRUSSELS, 20 October, 2016 - “This week’s meeting of the European Council in Brussels is a perfect opportunity for Europe to begin putting in place specific and measurable actions to address the needs of vulnerable refugee and migrant children.
Record numbers of unaccompanied children arrive in Italy – UNICEF
ROME/ GENEVA, 18 October 2016 – Three newborn babies, two born on Italian Coastguard boats in the Central Mediterranean and one at port, are among the newest arrivals of refugee and migrant children in Italy, as numbers of children hit record levels, says UNICEF.
Statement on Calais camp attributed to UNICEF special coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant crisis in Europe Marie-Pierre Poirier
GENEVA, 12 October 2016 – The commitment by the UK and France to find urgent solutions for all the hundreds of refugee and migrant children languishing in Calais for months, could not come a minute too soon, said Marie Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe.
UNICEF statement on the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants
NEW YORK, 19 September 2016 – "The New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants represents a first step in addressing the unprecedented level of human mobility the world is facing.
Nearly 50 million children “uprooted” worldwide – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 7 September 2016 – Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted – 28 million of them driven from their homes by conflicts not of their making, and millions more migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life. Often traumatized by the conflicts and violence they are fleeing, they face further dangers along the way, including the risk of drowning on sea crossings, malnourishment and dehydration, trafficking, kidnapping, rape and even murder. In countries they travel through and at their destinations, they often face xenophobia and discrimination
Permanent and sustainable solution is key for refugees on Manus Island - UNICEF Australia
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 August 2016 – UNICEF Australia urges Minister Dutton to seriously consider resettlement options in credible third countries that are equipped to respond to the complex needs of refugees and their families, in the wake of news that an agreement has been made to close the Manus Island detention centre.
UN agencies deliver urgent relief to people stranded at Syria-Jordan border
AMMAN, 4 August 2016 – World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General William Lacy Swing today announced the successful completion of a relief operation to provide more than 75,000 people with food and humanitarian relief items.
“Neither safe nor sound”: Sexual exploitation, trafficking and abuse engulfing the lives of children in the camps of Calais and Dunkirk
LONDON/PARIS, 16 June 2016 – Children experience sexual exploitation, violence and forced labour on a daily basis in the camps of Northern France, according to the findings of Neither Safe Nor Sound, a new UNICEF France and UNICEF UK study.
“If you try to run, they shoot you; if you stop working they beat you. It was just like the slave trade.”
GENEVA, 14 June 2016 – More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them.
UNICEF steps up response to the migration crisis in Greece
ATHENS/GENEVA, 31 May 2016 – Amid mounting concern over a fresh surge in the number of refugees and migrants bound for Europe, UNICEF is adjusting its strategy in support of the response by the authorities and civil society in Greece, where the humanitarian and longer-term needs of more than 22,000 children are growing.
UNICEF alarmed at refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 29 May 2016 - UNICEF expresses alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors.
UNICEF and Government of Italy agree on ways to help refugee and migrant children
ROME, 27 May 2016 – With 16,478 refugee and migrant children having arrived by sea in Italy in 2015 and more than 5,000 having entered the country already this year, UNICEF and the Government of Italy today announced a new collaboration to improve their care and protection.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri and UNICEF Regional Director visit Greece amid ongoing refugee and migrant crisis
GENEVA/ATHENS, Greece, May 25 2016 – The impact of the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis in Europe – and ways of alleviating its impact on children – will be the focus of a visit to Greece this week by Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for central and Eastern Europe and Ms Nana Mouskouri, acclaimed singer, humanitarian and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
UNICEF following operation in Idomeni, Greece
NEW YORK, 24 May 2016 – UNICEF is following today’s operation in Idomeni, on the Greece border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on account of the large number of children who have been living there in dire conditions (there were approximately 3,600 children in Idomeni in mid-May).
Commitment to Action: Moving from delivering aid to ending need
ISTANBUL, 24 May 2016 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of UNICEF, UNHCR, WHO, OCHA, WFP, FAO, UNFPA and UNDP, with the endorsement of the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration, launched today a “Commitment to Action” in which they agreed to put in place a new way of working in crises that will aim to not only meet humanitarian needs but also reduce them over time.
Unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in urgent need of protection, warns UNICEF
GENEVA, 6 May 2016 –– UNICEF today called for urgent measures to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe – who are at serious risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation and whose number reached a record of more than 95,000 last year.
UNICEF: Give children better protection under revised EU asylum procedures
BRUSSELS, 4 May 2016 - As the European Union prepares for critical talks on the rules governing applications from people seeking protection in Europe, UNICEF has called for the interests and rights of children to be given greater priority.
UNICEF urges full hearings for refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece
GENEVA, 6 April 2016 - With the process of returning refugees and migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey underway as part of the EU-Turkey agreement, UNICEF reminds States of their duty to care and protect all children and give them a full and fair hearing when deciding on their future.
UNICEF launches “Unfairy Tales” of refugee and migrant children
NEW YORK, 29 March 2016 -- UNICEF today launched a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children and young people on the move globally.
New EU-Turkey agreement on refugee and migrants could leave children at risk: UNICEF
GENEVA, 22 March 2016 – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.
UNICEF urges EU leaders and Turkey to find common ground for refugee and migrant children
GENEVA, 18 March 2016 – With the lives of more than 20,000 children in Greece and in the Balkans on hold, UNICEF urges leaders of the European Union and Turkey to find common ground for refugee and migrant children when reaching an agreement that could have serious consequences for them.
UNICEF responds to EU and Turkey summit, calls for protection of refugee and migrant children
GENEVA, 8 March, 2016 - With regard to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey, UNICEF reiterates that in the implementation of such decisions the fundamental humanitarian principle of ‘do no harm’ must guide authorities across Europe, the Balkans and Turkey at every step when it comes to the care of refugee and migrant children.
Child refugees and migrants suffer most by border restrictions: UNICEF
GENEVA, 1 March 2016 – The dire situation unfolding at border points along the Balkan land route, especially in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and in Greece, has left thousands of children stranded, distressed and at risk of poor health and abuse, UNICEF said today.
UNHCR, UNICEF launch Blue Dot hubs to boost protection for children and families on the move across Europe
GENEVA, 26 February, 2016 – As part of a joint endeavour to step up protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF are setting up special support centres for children and families along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.
With growing numbers of child deaths at sea, UN agencies call for enhancing safety for refugees and migrants
GENEVA, 19 February 2016 – An average of two children have drowned every day since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number of child deaths is growing said IOM, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The agencies are calling for enhancing the safety of those escaping conflict and despair.
Statement on children following the Australian High Court finding on offshore detention of asylum seekers
BANGKOK, 9 February 2016 – “The Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia is a signatory, underscores that the best interests of a child must be a primary consideration in all decisions and actions affecting that child.
More children and women seek safety in Europe: UNICEF
GENEVA, 2 February 2016 – For the first time since the start of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, there are more children and women on the move than adult males, says UNICEF.
UNICEF launches US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children
GENEVA, 26 January 2016 – UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.
Slovenia and UNICEF in new partnership for refugee and migrant children on the move
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, 19 January 2016 – With up to 3,000 refugees and migrants passing through Slovenia each day, UNICEF and the Government of Slovenia today announced a partnership aimed at improving the care and protection of children on the move.
Concern over health of children on the move during harsh winter - UNICEF
GENEVA, 19 January 2016 – Children arriving into a harsh winter in southeastern Europe are physically exhausted, scared, distressed and often in need of medical assistance, UNICEF warned.
On the Day of International Migration, UNICEF says children need urgent solutions, solidarity
GENEVA, 18 December 2015 – “The year, 2015, will be remembered for the heart-breaking image of a lifeless little boy on a beach – one of many who came before him; one of many who came after him. It was a year that saw hundreds of thousands of children and their families on the move leaving behind horrors, on an odyssey of hope through Europe. It was the year of mass displacement. And there is no end in sight.
Government of Germany and UNICEF join forces for refugee and migrant children in Germany
BERLIN, Germany, 14 December 2015 – With more than 300,000 refugee and migrant children having entered Germany this year, UNICEF and the Government of Germany today announced a new partnership aimed at improving their care and protection.
Harsh weather, border restrictions – New blow to children on the move, says UNICEF
GENEVA, 1 December 2015 – Unpredictable border restrictions and harsh weather are compounding the hardships and challenges for refugee and migrant children and women who now account for more than half of all arrivals by sea.
UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF statement on new border restrictions in the Balkans
GENEVA, 20 November 2015 – “In the last couple of days, we have witnessed Governments instituting a range of restrictions against movements of refugees and migrants from Greece through the Western Balkans and further northwards. This includes people being profiled on the basis of nationality.
UNICEF: Major spike in number of refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe
GENEVA, 13 November 2015 – With record numbers of child refugees and migrants – 700 a day seeking asylum in Europe – UNICEF has identified five groups of vulnerable children and is mobilizing tailored actions to meet their needs.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meets child refugees in Djibouti
DJIBOUTI/LONDON, 9 November 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has spent time at a refugee camp in Djibouti, meeting children and families, including those displaced by conflict and violence in neighboring countries.
MTV helps raise vital funds and awareness for UNICEF refugee appeal
MILAN, 25 October 2015 – MTV announced its support for UNICEF’s Refugee Crisis Appeal at the 2015 MTV European Music Awards, held tonight in Milan and broadcast to millions around the world.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets refugee and migrant children on the move in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia/GENEVA, 30 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has completed his two-day visit to Serbia to meet refugee and migrant children moving into Europe in the hope of finding a place of safety. Most, with their families, are fleeing war and hardship in their home countries.
Conflicts, instability uproot over 4.5 million children in 5 countries: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 29 September 2015 – Conflicts and instability in five countries alone have uprooted at least 4.5 million children, UNICEF said on the eve of a United Nations high-level meeting on the global migrant and refugee crisis.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom calls for greater protection for refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe
GEVGELIJA/ GENEVA, 29 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children as they continue their journeys to seek safety in Europe.
UNICEF launches new appeal to support refugee and migrant children in Europe
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 25 September – UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to assist refugee and migrant children in Europe, following an 80 per cent increase in the number of children on the move into the continent – many escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
UNICEF response to EU summit on refugee and migrant crisis
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 23 September 2015 – "UNICEF welcomes the recognition by the EU that the best interests of children are paramount in their relocation within the EU and that the special needs of children for health care and protection should be a primary concern.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic visits refugee and migrant children in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia, 23 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic visited a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Belgrade and met some of the refugee and migrant children who are passing through the Republic of Serbia on their way to Western Europe.
UNICEF ramps up mobile response for child refugees and migrants in Croatia, as numbers climb
ZAGREB, Croatia/GENEVA, 22 September 2015 – UNICEF has established two mobile units of child protection and welfare experts in Croatia, as an estimated 10,000 women and child refugees and migrants have entered the country in the past week alone.
UNICEF: Refugee and migrant children in Hungary “need to be treated with dignity”
NEW YORK, 18 September 2015 - "UNICEF is in touch with the Government of Hungary's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York to discuss how refugee and migrant children can be adequately protected in line with the country’s commitments to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
UNICEF urges European leaders to quickly turn new commitments for refugees and migrants into action for children
NEW YORK, 11 September 2015 - UNICEF welcomes increasing commitments by European leaders to support refugees and migrants – commitments that should now trigger urgent action by all EU Member States to fully protect children.
Child refugee crisis in Europe will only grow if humanitarian needs in Syria and the region are not met, warns UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 September 2015 – The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will only worsen if greater efforts are not made to end the protracted conflict in Syria and address the humanitarian needs of the millions affected by the violence, says UNICEF today.
United action needed now for child refugees: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 September 2015 – Europe has a brief window of opportunity, before winter approaches, to protect and care for the tens of thousands of children seeking refuge, UNICEF said today.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the child migrant and refugee crisis in Europe
NEW YORK, 3 September 2015 – “Heart-breaking images of children’s bodies washing up on the shores of Europe … lying suffocated in the backs of trucks crossing borders … being passed over barbed wire fences by desperate parents.
Number of women and children passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to seek refuge in Europe triples in three months
GENEVA/SKOPJE, 1 September, 2015 – The number of women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin and passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF supports children fleeing violence and on the move in Europe
GENEVA/SKOPJE MK, 25 August 2015 - UNICEF has established a child-friendly space with a mobile team near Geveglija town, at the border with Greece to provide much needed support to women and children on the move through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Put migrant children’s rights on EU agenda, urges UNICEF
BRUSSELS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 May 2015 - On the eve of the adoption of the EU Migration Agenda, UNICEF is calling for the rights and wellbeing of migrant children to be at the heart of Europe’s immigration policy and for the European Union to be guided by the values it cherishes.
Step up action before more tragedies unfold in the Mediterranean
NEW YORK, 20 April, 2015 - “Reports of tragedies on the Mediterranean Sea - leaving hundreds of people, including children, dead or missing – are becoming all too frequent and the human cost all too high.