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More Women, Children Seek Asylum in Europe Than Men: UNICEF

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    More Women, Children Seek Asylum in Europe Than Men: UNICEF
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    A Syrian refugee woman with babies walks towards the border with Serbia from the transit center for refugees near northern Macedonian village of Tabanovce, while on their journey through the so-called Balkan migrant corridor, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Greek authorities say neighboring Macedonia has stopped Wednesday letting in refugees heading north to central Europe, leaving about 2,600 people stranded on the Greek side of the border. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

    More women and children are trying to reach Europe than adult men for the first time since the refugee crisis began, according to UNICEF, NBC News reported.

    There has been a "major spike" in the numbers of children and women on the move since June 2015, when men made up 73 percent of the migration flow, UNICEF.

    It said children and women now make up nearly 60 percent of refugees and migrants crossing the border from Greece to Gevgelijia in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

    The United Nation's children's agency warned that children account for 36 percent of the migrants risking the treacherous sea crossing between Greece and Turkey — and that the real figure could be higher.