In 2021 alone, there were over 114,000 sea arrivals in Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus and Malta.
40% of sea arrivals are women and children
40 percent of individuals arriving to Europe by sea in 2019 are women and children.
In 2021, there were over 3,200 individuals reported dead or missing due to dangerous land and sea journeys.
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 and persecution.
For some, this desperate journey was their last. Thousands lost their lives or have gone missing since 2015, and an increasing number of women and unaccompanied children continue to take perilous journeys in search of safety.
In 2021, more than 114,000 people risked their lives trying to reach Europe by sea; over 3,200 of them are dead or missing.
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.
Six people died each day attempting to cross Mediterranean in 2018
USA for UNHCR supporters make a lifesaving difference to refugees fleeing to Europe
An Afghan boy spells out the alphabet at a refugee camp in Greece.