UNICEF: 1 in 4 migrants arriving in Europe are children

A new UN report says that more children are arriving in Europe through the dangerous Mediterranean routes than ever before.

The report by the United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF – reveals that in the first three months of 2019, about 16 thousand migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to enter Europe.

The UNICEF report notes that even although the latest statistics represent a slight decrease compared to the number of migrants registered in the same period of 2018, the percentage of children arriving on our shores has increased from 1 out of 5 arrivals to 1 out of 4.

All in all, the report details, the total number of children arriving on European coasts during these months is 3,800. They join the approximately 41 thousand children who are already being cared for in reception facilities in Greece, Italy and the Balkans.

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