Refugee and migrant children in Europe: overview of trends January–December 2018
Factsheets are produced on a quarterly basis to provide up-to-date information on refugee and migrant children, including unaccompanied and separated children, and to support evidence-informed decision-making and advocacy on issues related to refugee and migrant children. The factsheets compile key child-related data based on available official sources: arrivals, asylum applications, asylum decisions, arrival profiles, relocation programmes between European Union (EU) Member States, and returns from Greece to Turkey under the EU–Turkey Statement. This factsheet covers January–December 2018. Some 30 085 children arrived in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Spain, of whom 12 717 (42%) were unaccompanied or separated. Arrival of children overall in 2018 fell by 7% compared with 2017 (32 963). Out of the total number of children who sought international protection in Europe in 2018, almost 70% were registered in just three countries: Germany (78 280), France (24 135) and Greece (21 770).