Photo Credit: © UNHCR / Achilleas Zavallis
By the end of 2016, nearly 5.2 million refugees and migrants reached European shores, undertaking treacherous journeys from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries torn apart by war, persecution and a horrifying list of human miseries. For some, this desperate journey will be their last. More than 5,000 have lost their lives or have gone missing since 2015, and an increasing number of women and unaccompanied children continue to undertake perilous journeys in search of safety.
UNHCR is on the ground, with over 600 staff in 20 different locations working to protect refugees and provide lifesaving assistance such as shelter, food, water and medical care to refugees who arrived in Europe. We are also working around the clock to provide assistance and protection in countries where refugees transit along their journey through Europe.