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04 Apr 2019 description

Appeal history:

● 22 May 2015: CHF 296,549 was released from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to meet the immediate needs of 10,000 migrants arriving in the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Chios, Lesvos, Samos and Crete.

● 24 July 2015: DREF Operations Update was issued

● 2 September 2015: Emergency Appeal was launched for CHF 3.03 million to assist 45,000 beneficiaries, prioritising the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos, capital city of Athens and the border area between Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

24 Jan 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In 2018, some 141,500 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean migration routes. On average one in every four was a child. This included an estimated 6,000 unaccompanied and separated children.

  • In 2018, UNICEF-supported child protection activities in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Germany reached over 28,000 children, while another 18,900 children benefitted from UNICEF-supported formal and nonformal education activities.

22 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

- By September 2018, some 89,000 refugees and migrants, almost a quarter of whom children, arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean migration routes. Most children arrived in Greece and Spain.
- Between January and September 2018, nearly 16,700 children benefitted from UNICEF specialized child protection support in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Germany. With the start of the school year, 13,810 children were also reached with UNICEF-supported formal and non-formal education activities.

18 Jul 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Between January and June 2018, 50,800 refugees and migrants, including some 11,200 children, arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean. While Italy has recorded an 85 per cent decrease in sea arrivals in 2018 compared to the same period last year, Greece and Spain have seen a spike of 50 and 90 per cent respectively.

23 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• During the first quarter of 2018, some 16,700 refugees and migrants entered Europe through the Mediterranean. This is less than half of registered arrivals during the same period in 2017. One in five of them were children.

13 Sep 2017 description

This year, 13,500 people arrived in Greece by sea and land. While living conditions for asylum-seekers have generally improved in the mainland, serious gaps remain in the overcrowded RICs of the islands where some people must remain for their asylum decisions. The poor conditions increase protection risks, including sexual and gender-based violence and lead incidents of tension and violence and contribute to tension. Children and the vulnerable are particularly affected.

14 Jul 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster Two years after the beginning of the migration crisis (in 2015), more than 62,000 migrants remain stranded in the mainland and islands of Greece, according to figures of 6 June 2017 of the Greek government2 . Out of those 62,000 migrants, some 34,000 are on the mainland, some 13,000 on the islands and almost 14,000 are accommodated in the housing scheme of UNHCR’s relocation programme.

29 Jun 2017 description


Number of arrivals on the islands since the 2016 EU-Turkey Statement
Number of arrivals on the islands in May 2017
Number of places in improved accommodation on the islands
Asylum-seekers transferred from the islands to state-run sites or UNHCR accommodation on the mainland


13 Jun 2017 description


1 - Trainings on child protection principles, caring for child survivors of SGBV, child safeguarding, child protection in emergencies and child protection case management were delivered to both Child Protection stakeholders and other sectors encouraging the mainstreaming of the protection of children.

2 - Joint advocacy on child protection issues, including age assessments procedures and practices, was conducted.

13 Jun 2017 description


Between January and April 2017, frequent movements of the refugee and migrant population continued to be a challenge for children's access to formal and non-formal education. The population in temporary accommodation sites dropped from 51% to 34%, and the population residing in hotels and apartments increased from 36% to 57%. Accordingly, attendance fructuated, and there was a lack of coordination to ensure the continuity of education activities for those who moved to new sites and apartment schemes.

13 Jun 2017 description


  • The staff of Philos programme took place in the camps. Discussed and resolved issues about their duties, shifts, etc.

  • An SGBV protocol has been created from KEELPNO with the colaboration of the partners and shared with the HWG.

  • Trainings on SGBV took place on February, March and April.

  • A hunger strike protocol has been developed from KEELPNO.

13 Jun 2017 description


Asylum procedures: The PWG undertook an analyses regarding the recommendations of the Joint action Plan to implement the EU-Turkey Statement and its eventual impact on the asylum procedure. The Director of the Asylum Office was invited in the PWG and brief partners on the current asylum procedures, and the challenges.

13 Jun 2017 description



Improvement of living conditions in sites was achieved in 2 islands with major ground/preparatory works in order to receive accommodation prefabricated housing units, over tents. This activity benefited approx. 2000 refugees and migrants.