Refugee & Migrant Crisis

Providing Relief to Vulnerable Migrants 

The Situation in Brief:  What You Need

68 million people worldwide have fled their homes because of conflict, unrest or disaster. Children account for more than half of this total. Child refugees face incredible risks and dangers – including disease, malnutrition, violence, labor exploitation and trafficking.

While the arrival of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and the United States has dominated the headlines and sparked heated political discussion, less developed regions host more than 85% of the world’s displaced people. Uganda hosts more than a million refugees from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other neighboring countries. Other conflicts and catastrophes have sparked mass displacement in North Africa, Ukraine, the Caucasus, South Asia and Latin America.

Refugee camps and large reception centers are not safe places for children. We have seen, time and time again, that children without adequate shelter and protection are the most vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and the stress of long-term separation. Without proper support, they are more likely to face lasting educational challenges and social exclusion.

Children deserve more.

The Problem in Numbers


people are newly displaced every minute



of refugees around the world are children


68 million

people worldwide have fled their homes because of conflict, unrest or disaster


How the Refugee Crisis Impacts Children

Worldwide conflict has exacted a severe psychological and physical toll on millions of displaced children. They have seen their childhoods vanish and their families killed. As refugees, these vulnerable children are subject to trafficking, exploitation and discrimination.

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Our Impact

How supporters like you are making a difference


SOS Children’s Villages supports refugees and displaced children and families in 23 countries around the world. Our work is grounded in nearly 70 years of experience providing care and protection for children. We protect the most vulnerable, provide care for children in safe environments, and advocate for the rights and dignity of refugee and migrant children.

Thanks to generous and caring supporters, SOS offers assistance to children and their families along migration routes and in their new host countries. SOS child-friendly spaces give refugee and displaced children safe places in which to play, learn and regain a sense of normalcy. We also provide shelter, food, medical care and psychological support to refugee and migrant children, many of whom are traumatized and alone. And we help refugee families get back on their feet, through education, vocational training, and counseling.

  • Venezuelan families fleeing their country’s economic collapse – and the attendant scarcity of food, medicine, and income opportunities – find temporary shelter and a variety of support services through SOS programs in Brazil and Colombia. 
  • In Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees fleeing extreme violence in Myanmar have access to physical and mental health care services, healthy food, and education through SOS Children’s Villages. 
  • On key migration routes in Europe, SOS has provided care and shelter to thousands of unaccompanied or separated children on the move to safety and better opportunities. We have also distributed food, clothing and hygiene supplies and offered counseling to refugee children and families escaping unbearable situations in Syria and other troubled countries.

Around the world, children have been abruptly uprooted from their homes and communities. SOS helps them learn, heal, grow, and begin to build new lives. 


Thanks to generous people like you, we have been able to change the lives of hundreds of vulnerable children and families

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Thanks to generous and caring supporters, we offer assistance to displaced children and their families all along their journey – both in transit and upon arrival in a host country – in the form of shelter, food, medical care, and psychological support.

Help refugee and migrant children today.

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