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UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe: Humanitarian Situation Report #27, Jan - Mar 2018

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Situation Report #27, Jan - Mar 2018


• During the first quarter of 2018, some 16,700 refugees and migrants entered Europe through the Mediterranean. This is less than half of registered arrivals during the same period in 2017. One in five of them were children.

• During the first quarter of 2018, 8,930 children benefitted from UNICEF quality child protection support in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia and Germany. In addition, UNICEF reached some 2,630 children with non-formal education activities and almost 650 frontline workers with training on protection standards and other child protection-related topics. Some 490 people benefitted from newly established GBV prevention and response activities.

• In January UNICEF launched its 2018-2019 HAC for the refugee and migrant response to address the needs of children on the move, seeking asylum, stranded or pushed-back. UNICEF is sustaining an active response in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Germany and Austria, while expanding preparedness measures in the rest of the Balkans and ensuring continuous advocacy and communication on refugee and migrant children’s rights throughout Europe.


16,687 # of arrivals in Europe through Italy, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria between January and March 2018 (UNHCR, 10 April 2018)

1 in 5 # of children among all arrivals in 2018 (UNHCR, 10 April 2018)

18,550 # of child asylum-seekers in Europe between January and February 2018 (Eurostat, 13 April 2018)

22,330 # of estimated stranded children in Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia in 2018 (UNICEF, 31 March 2018)


Source: UNICEF via

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