This humanitarian situation report provides an overview of the current refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.
The summary in numbers is the following:
- 92,794 arrivals in Europe through Italy and Greece in January-June 2017 (UNHCR, 7 July 2017).
- 1 in 6 of all arrivals in January-June 2017 are children (UNHCR, 7 July 2017).
- 69,200 child asylum-seekers in Europe between January and May 2017 (Eurostat, 7 July 2017).
- 22,663 estimated stranded children in Greece, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia in June, 2017 (UNICEF, 7 July 2017).
- 7,379 children relocated from Greece and Italy under the EU relocation scheme by mid-June 2017- 6,737 from Greece and 642 from Italy (IOM, Italian MoI, 23 June 2017).
The report also highlights that the current situation for refugees and migrants involves dangerous sea crossings, irregular movements in Europe, increasingly toughened border control and intense political debate. As such, "confronted with uncertain future, isolation, insufficient access to services and slow family reunification, relocation and asylum procedures, refugee and migrant children remain at high risk and require urgent action by national and European stakeholders to step up action for their protection".
This report also outlines UNICEF's advocay and capacity-building work, and their service delivery in the countries of Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Germany. It also provides numers on some relevant matters to children on the move, such as the number of frontline workers trained on child protection standards, the number of children taking part in education acitivities and the number of at-risk children identified through screening. However, this information is not available from all of the aforementioned countries.