An abandoned construction site in the centre of Catania, where many Eritrean boys and girls, aged 11-16 years, have a shelter at night. Photo credit: Luigi Baldelli/Oxfam

Children alone: pulled from the sea, fallen by the wayside

The latest data estimates that more than 10 million people – around half of all the refugees worldwide – are “minors” (that is children under 18-years-old). At the same time, nearly 100,000 children who lodged an asylum request were unaccompanied. 

Every day, the shores of the small Greek island of Lesbos see the arrival of boats coming from Turkey carrying some 50 refugees or migrants, who are fleeing war or poverty. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

EU “hotspots” spread fear and doubt

The EU must urgently re-think its collective treatment of people arriving at Europe’s borders and ensure that every human being, no matter their status, enjoys the basic respect of their rights and fundamental dignity. 

Fatima. Sid train station, Serbia. November 2015.

Millions of people are being forced to flee their homes, risking everything to escape conflict, disaster, poverty or hunger. We are working in nine of the ten top refugee source countries as well as in refugee host countries. We urgently need your help to reach people in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and in Europe.

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