Author: UNHCR | data2.unhcr.org | 13 October 2019
More than a quarter of the refugees and migrants who arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean routes so far this year were children. Many of them arrived without their parents. Some were accompanied by other relatives while others were traveling without any adults they knew. The arrival of children in such numbers is not a new trend yet children face major difficulties in getting the protection and help they need once they arrive in Europe. This report highlights some of these difficulties and makes recommendations to address them. It also provides a short update of key developments in the movement of refugees and migrants to Europe since the start of the year.