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UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe: Humanitarian Situation Report #28, January - June 2018

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Situation Report #28, January - June 2018



• Between January and June 2018, 50,800 refugees and migrants, including some 11,200 children, arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean. While Italy has recorded an 85 per cent decrease in sea arrivals in 2018 compared to the same period last year, Greece and Spain have seen a spike of 50 and 90 per cent respectively.

• During the first half of 2018, 12,629 children benefitted from UNICEF specialized child protection support in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia and Germany. 11,483 children were also reached with UNICEF-supported formal and non-formal education activities, while almost 1,435 frontline workers were trained on protection standards and other protection-related topics.

• Over 2,230 people also benefitted from GBV prevention and response services in Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria, and more than 630 frontline workers have been trained on GBV prevention, response and referral pathways in Greece, Italy and Bulgaria.

• Increasing reports of people stranded at sea, criminalization of humanitarian assistance to refugees and migrants and controversial migration policies over the past six months have added to already existing challenges refugee and migrant children and their families in Europe face on a daily basis. The highly political context represents the most important constraint in UNICEF and partners’ efforts to respond to the needs and protect the rights of children on the move, stranded and seeking asylum across Europe.


# of arrivals in Europe through Italy, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria between January and June 2018
(UNHCR, 10 July 2018)

Estimated # of children among all arrivals in 2018
(UNHCR, 10 July 2018)

# of child asylum-seekers in Europe between January and June 2018
(Eurostat, 7 July 2018)

# of estimated stranded children in Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia in 2018
(UNICEF, 30 June 2018)


Source: UNICEF via

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