The proportion of women and children arriving as refugees in Europe is increasing, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.
Conflict and instability in Syria and Iraq as well as a number of countries in Africa has forced millions of people to flee their homes, a large number of whom are women.
UNICEF’s Christopher Tidey has been spent time in transit countries including Greece, Serbia and Croatia as well as destination countries, Austria and Germany.
The number of refugees arriving in Europe is not slowing despite harsh winter conditions in the region according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Almost a million people arrived by sea alone in 2015.
They’re fleeing conflict and instability in the Middle East and Africa.
Christopher Tidey has been working for UNICEF in transit countries including Greece, Serbia and Croatia as well as destination countries, Austria and Germany.
Daniel Dickinson has been speaking to him.
Hopes that the colder weather might see a drop in the number of people risking their lives to reach Europe have proved groundless after the UN Children’s Agency, UNICEF, on Wednesday said that the number of women and children seeking safety has doubled in a month.
The warning comes after the UN agency reported that in October, more than 41,000 women and children crossed from Greece to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, out of a total of nearly 93,000 people.
The number of child refugees seeking safe passage in Europe has increased by 80 per cent since 2014, the UN Children’s Agency, UNICEF, said Tuesday.
The latest figures from the European Commission indicate that 133,000 children have sought asylum in Europe so far this year.
UNICEF’s Sarah Crowe told Daniel Johnson that this increase showed the “sense of desperation” felt by those fleeing conflict.
A clearer picture of the damage caused by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in more than a century, is beginning to emerge as the waters start to recede, according to UN agencies.
Devastating floods engulfed Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, causing landslides and killing people and animals.
The United Nations has dispatched a team with life-saving supplies to the region.
Derrick Mbatha reports.