Thousands of children are fleeing conflict or disaster to seek safety in Europe. They're in danger from disease, violence and exploitation and urgently need your help.
More than 220,000 people have arrived in Europe this year, seeking safety and a better future. Three quarters are from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. One in three are children.
Children and families have been forced to flee conflict and unrest at home, making painful and difficult decisions to leave everything they know. A staggering 2,886 people are already recorded as dead or missing in trying to reach Europe this year; the majority drowning in the Mediterranean. The number keeps going up.
Right now, children are alone and in danger. They need protection.
Many refugee and migrant children are travelling alone, risking their lives in search of safety. Their lives have been turned upside down. So many have lost their parents and loved ones, their homes, their schools. The journey is treacherous and children are exposed to the harsh elements as well as to violence, abuse and exploitation.
Child refugees and migrants in Europe need immediate support. They need a safe space to eat, sleep and get the protection, care and support they need. They need somewhere safe where they can learn and have a chance to play.
How is Unicef responding?
Together with partners we have set up child and family support centres across Europe, which provide a safe space for children and families on the move. These ‘Blue Dot’ centres provide a place for children to eat, sleep and play, as well as receive health care and counselling. As the situation changes, these centres are adapting according to need, with the aim to support many children alone and in danger of disease, violence, exploitation and trafficking. Unicef will not stop until every child is safe.
Why donate to Unicef?
Unicef supports the survival and development of child refugees and migrants across Europe, including child protection and psychosocial care in Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Greece and Turkey.
Since the surge of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe in 2015, we have reached more than 100,000 children in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. Of these, 81,000 children received services through the network of Unicef-supported child-friendly spaces.
Every day, more children are making the dangerous journey across Europe. Whatever name used to describe these children – migrants, refugees, displaced – they are children. Children are in danger and in need of protection.
Please donate today and help us keep vulnerable refugee and migrant children safe in Europe.
For the first 12 months, monthly donations made to this appeal will go to children affected by the Refugee and Migrant crisis. After that they will go to our Children's Emergency Fund. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed Unicef's funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will also go to our Children's Emergency Fund, helping children caught in wars and disasters around the world.