Nearly one third of the 75,000 refugees and migrants still stranded in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and some other Balkan countries is young em.
These children who are at high risk of facing problems caused by the severe mental conditions of life, temporary learning, along with psychological fatigue and prolonged depression.
UNICEF (UNICEF) has called this a new generation of “forgotten”, in the context of the influx of migrants fleeing poverty and war in the Middle East and North Africa keeps pouring into Europe Europe, while the receiving country is not ready.
Like most Syrian people lives in the refugee camp in northern Greece, she Monie Sabsabi arrived nation European gateway prior agreement the European Union and Turkey signed in March/2016.
War in the country was forced to flee her home city of Aleppo, once one of the economic centers of Syria, but has been war-torn. However, after 1 year of waiting, she and her son have not been able to leave Greece to continue the journey to the “promised land”. For her, the future of his son is really far away.
“Life in the camps is very difficult, especially children. Do not know their life will be like then, our learning here is very limited. Our future is almost closed and I feel like everything is stuck, “she said Sabsabi.
According to UNICEF, the influx of migrants still stranded in Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria, many are single mothers and children who can not yet met her husband, seeing his father or their relatives after many months and even years apart.
The awaited and uncertainty raises mental stress, may cause long-term effects. Currently most of those trapped are not sure whether they can continue the journey into the rich European countries or their lives will stop at the refugee camp. If there they will have to wait a long time, probably 10 months and even 2 years.
Sarah Crowe, a UNICEF activist said: “The situation is very worrying. Particularly in Greece and the Balkan countries, we estimate there are nearly 25,000 refugee children and children who are at high risk of emotional problems students reason to wait too long, while the living conditions, care and learning is not guaranteed “.
Decision to close the border in the last year of a series of European countries and the agreement EU – Turkey still can not help the European Union restrict the influx of migrants, while increasing pressure on transit countries such as Greece, Italy or the Balkans. Government of these countries also repeatedly admitted can not guarantee life for all the refugees are waiting Profile asylum in other wealthy European countries.
Together with partners in Greece, UNICEF is monitoring the mental health of mothers and children refugees. Family plays a very important for the mental development of children and that is why the members of refugee children is very important. However, with the pressure of immigration did not decrease, the member countries confronted with the challenge is not small in terms of social, economic and political.
Estimated in 2016, in Greece, has about 5,000 members request, including 700 children without accompanying or lost family in Greece. By the end of last year more than one thousand only in this case the family was reunited.
Meanwhile, the number of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece, Hungary and the Balkan countries in the west continue to increase, about 60% in the recent 1 year from 47,000 people in March 3/2016 to nearly 80,000 at the end of last April. According to Deputy Director of UNICEF Executive Justin Forsyth: “Every child refugee is a reminder of the enormous challenges that the world faces, and so we need to make further efforts in support children of migrants and refugees, because they deserve the help. ”