UNICEF finds that one in four refugees is a child
United Nations Children’s Fund ( UNICEF) issued a report in April showing one in four of the 29,758 refugees and migrants who entered Europe by sea from January to March 2017 were children. In all, a third of those arriving since 2015 are children.
In the first three months of 2017, close to 25,000 children have claimed asylum in Europe, while 24,600 remain stranded in Greece and the Balkans.
UNICEF welcomed the efforts and commitments made by some EU states and called upon others to do more to help refugees.
“In March, a progressive new law was adopted in Italy to boost support and protection for the record number of foreign unaccompanied and separated children who arrived in Italy,” stated UNICEF. “Yet, more needs to be done — appropriate reception conditions, services, and information provision in a language children understand — not only in Italy, but all across Europe.”
Situation in numbers
■ 29,758 of arrivals in EU through Italy, Greece, and Spain in Jan-March 2017.
( UNHCR, April 6, 2017).
■ 1 in 4 of all arrivals from January- March 2017 are children.
(UNHCR, April 10, 2017).
■ 24,785 of child asylum seekers in Europe between January and March 2017
(Eurostat, April 10, 2017).
■ 24,614 children were stranded in Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia in February 2017.
( UNICEF, 7 April 2017).