Refugee and migrant crisis

A refugee family hoping to reach western Europe waits at a bus station in Belgrade, Serbia. Photographer: Miloš Tomaš

Europe has seen a sharp increase in refugees since early 2015. The number of unaccompanied and separated refugee children and refugee families with children arriving by dangerous routes in Europe has increased dramatically. Many are children and adolescents in need of special care and protection.

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More than one million people crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Over 3,700 adults and children died or were missing at sea.

25 percent of people arriving in Greece, Italy and Spain in 2015 were children. The number of unaccompanied or separated children registered in the European Union rose to almost 90,000 in 2015.

SOS Children's Villages works with governments to ensure that child refugees receive care and protection.

Our response

In response to this humanitarian crisis, SOS Children’s Villages has helped thousands of people on the move since 2015:
ERP-50x50.jpg SOS Children’s Villages has provided on-the-ground aid in at least
14 countries.
ERP-50x50.jpg Over 1,100 unaccompanied or separated children have received care at SOS Children’s Villages Interim Care Centres and SOS Children’s Villages.
ERP-50x50.jpg SOS Children’s Villages provided a safe and protected environment to thousands of children and their families in 13 Child Friendly Spaces.
ERP-50x50.jpg SOS Children’s Villages has provided hundreds of thousands of information and communications services at ten ICT Corners.
ERP-50x50.jpg SOS Children’s Villages distributed hundreds of thousands of food, clothing and hygiene items and provided counselling and other services to refugee and internally displaced children and their parents.