On 29 September (right) UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom greets a child and a woman in a child-friendly space at the refugees and migrants reception centre near the town of Gevgelija, close to the border with Greece. The child-friendly space provides an environment where children have access to a safe place to rest, play and receive food and water, warm clothes, sanitation and the hygiene and protection services that they need through UNICEF-supported services.
In late September 2015 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, more than 96,800 people have been registered at the border by police near the town of Gevgelija, after entering from Greece, since June 2015. As many as 42,299 people, of whom 35% were women and children have been registered since 1 September. It is estimated that just as many are transiting without being registered. The latest Government Response Plan issued in September indicates that as many as two thirds transit through the country without being registered. Many are escaping conflict and insecurity in their home countries of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic. There are children of all ages traveling with their families. Some are unaccompanied minors aged 1618 years who are traveling in groups with friends. They are arriving in the country from Greece, transiting to Serbia and further to Hungary, from where they generally aim to reach other countries in the European Union.