Statistics that demonstrate the need to help young refugees and migrants

Child refugee statistics

When you think about the global refugee crisis, it’s easy to forget that there is a person behind every number and percentage in all the various refugee statistics that we see. Yet with such a large number of refugees in the world, statistics on refugees are a good way of helping us to understand the scale of the issue.

We work with child refugees when they arrive in this country. We give them the counselling and mental health support they need to recover from the trauma they’ve experienced in their homelands, and we help them begin their lives in the UK. Our specialist project workers help refugee children to learn English, support them with access to education, teach them life skills and run mentoring and befriending schemes so that they can make friends and integrate in their local area.  

Below we’ve gathered together a few child refugee statistics so that you can see just how many children there are who need help, both globally and in this country.

There are an estimated 13 million child refugees in the world

The total number of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee war and persecution is more than 25 million, and more than half of them are children.

There are at least 1.8 million refugees in Europe

When it comes to refugees in Europe statistics, there is some disagreement over the total number of refugees currently in the continent, but we do know that 1.8 million refugees have arrived since 2014. That means it’s likely that there are currently around a million refugee children in Europe – and it’s possible that figure is larger.

Around 40,000 refugees arrive in the UK each year

The UK accepts relatively few refugees each year – just 1.6% of the total refugee numbers currently in Europe.

Currently the UK is home to 121,837 refugees

And a further 40,365 people are here awaiting for the result of their asylum cases. The total number of refugees here is around one quarter of a percent (0.25%) of the UK's total population – not what you’d think if you listened to lots of our media outlets.

Hopefully the refugee crisis statistics above have given you a sense of the scale of the current situation refugees find themselves in. Wherever they’re from, refugees face the same difficult issues when they arrive in their new home countries. They are most often strangers in a strange land, and as such it’s important that society welcomes them and makes sure they get the support they need. 

Find out more about our services and the work we’re doing to support young refugees.