Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe - Accompanied, Unaccompanied and Separated

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe - Accompanied, Unaccompanied and Separated

Author: UNHCR, IOM & Unicef | 5 February 2019

Overview of Trends January-June 2018

Arrivals to Europe between January and June 2018: Between January and June 2018, 10,404 children arrived in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Spain of whom 4,684 (45%) were unaccompanied or separated children (UASC). Arrival of children overall in the first half of 2018 dropped by 37% compared to the same period in 2017 (16,524).

Greece: Between January and June 2018, 5,001 children arrived to Greece by sea, including 636 (13%) UASC. Although the overall arrival of children to Europe decreased by 37% in the first half of 2018, children arriving to Greece increased by more than twothirds as compared to the first half of 2017 (3,020). Arrival of UASC among those children also increased by 57% compared to the first half of 2017 (409). The majority of children, including UASC, arriving to Greece by sea were from the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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