In Focus: Refugee crisis in Europe
- MSF: Balkans: Hundreds stranded without aid as new border control measures come into force, 26 Nov 2015
- Red Cross urges governments to protect people on the move as freezing weather is set to sweep Europe this weekend, 20 Nov 2015
- Joint UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF statement on new border restrictions in the Balkans, 20 Nov 2015
Appeals & Funding
- UNHCR Emergency Appeal 2015: Winterization Plan for the Refugee Crisis in Europe (Nov 2015 – Feb 2016)
- UNHCR Special Mediterranean Initiative Jun–Dec 2015, Supplementary Appeal
- IFRC Response Plan: A Movement coordinated approach focusing on the Mediterranean and neighbouring regions
IFRC Population Movement Emergency Appeals/Emergency Plan of Action Regional (Nov 2015); Croatia (Oct 2015); Greece (Sep 2015); Hungary (Sep 2015); Italy (Nov 2015); FYR of Macedonia (Sep 2015); Serbia (Sep 2015); Slovenia (Oct 2015)
November 26, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced $100 million in humanitarian assistance funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help respond to pressing needs, including shelter, protection, education and health for those affected by the Syrian crisis.
New York – As we celebrate Universal Children’s Day and the progress accomplished to protect the rights of boys and girls around the world, we are also reminded that brutal conflicts and new tactics of war create unprecedented challenges we urgently need to address.
Statement by Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Briefing to the Security Council
Monthly meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria
16 November 2015
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ShareTheMeal enables smartphone users to feed hungry children with a tap on their phone.
ROME – Smartphone users will now be able to help feed Syrian refugee children with a tap on their mobile phone thanks to the ShareTheMeal app, developed by the United Nations World Food Programme and launched in countries around the world today.
Jordan - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing has told a forum on the Syrian crisis that new and innovative approaches that address the needs and concerns of displaced and host populations, were urgently needed.
Speaking yesterday (09/11) at the UN organized Resilience Development Forum, hosted by Jordan from 8-9 November, Ambassador Swing said: “We must go beyond an exclusive focus on relief-oriented support and aim to deliver results that reduce vulnerability and build resilience for the longer term.”
by Filippo Dionigi
While diplomatic delegations in Vienna meet for the first time since almost two years to address the Syrian situation, we must not forget that the refugee crisis caused by this conflict represents one of the most urgent issues to be addressed, both regionally and globally, writes Filippo Dionigi.
The European Commission gives further €62 million in humanitarian aid to support Syrians displaced by the conflict inside the country. The funding allocation was announced today by European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, who is concluding his visit to Jordan and Lebanon.
The new funding comes at a critical moment with a worsening security situation in the country and will help cover winterisation and basic needs of refugees and host communities, such as health care, clean water, shelter, rent and education.
Oct 27, 2015 by Bruce Campbell (CCAFS) and Lisa Goddard (IRI)
New research indicates that the Syrian refugee crisis has roots within climate change. How can we ensure that history does not repeat itself in the coming decades of climate turmoil?
By KAREEM FAHIM and MAHER SAMAANOCT. 26, 2015
BEIRUT, Lebanon — A tenuous truce in the Syrian countryside north of the city of Homs was shattered this month when Russian warplanes attacked the village of Ter Ma’aleh, killing at least a dozen people and sending most of the residents into hurried exile.
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Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre
Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.
Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang
L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.
Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed
Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis
The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.
The refugee crisis in Syria is an inseparable part from the main issue Syrians have been dealing with; which are the continuous crimes against humanity and war crimes that have been perpetrated by the Syrian regime since March 2011. Months later, different armed groups followed its footsteps but did not amount to 10% of the crimes the Syrian regime committed, according to SNHR archive since March 2011.
Aleppo (18 September 2015) – It is the fifth year of war in Syria. Heavy fighting, bombed out homes, collapsing agriculture, lack of jobs, high food prices, healthcare and school systems in ruins, heavily damaged infrastructure and only sporadically functioning water and electricity have forced 4,086,760 Syrians to flee to neighbouring countries. Since war began in 2011, Europe has seen 428,735 Syrians seek asylum within its borders. The real tragedy, though, is still happening inside Syria.
Posted by Eoghan Rice
The refugee crisis was back on the agenda of Dáil Éireann this morning, with TDs debating the Irish and EU response to the ongoing crisis caused by the war in Syria.
Although the issue has faded somewhat from the front pages, it is in fact getting more serious. With winter approaching and temperatures set to plummet in central and eastern Europe, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees risk being left in limbo, stuck in freezing temperatures with nowhere to go and no legal protection.
By UNICEF Connect
Violence. Loss. Displacement. 5 years into the Syrian crisis, the lives of millions of children and families have been devastated by the brutal conflict. Thousands have lost their lives and countless more have been injured. Millions have been forced to flee their homes in a country now left in ruins and over 422,000 people are currently living under siege. More than 7.6 million Syrian children are in need of help.
Speech by Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiation at the United Nations General Assembly Informal Ministerial Meeting on the Syrian Crisis
New York, 29 September 2015
Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
The Syrian war is in its fifth year. Inside Syria, millions are desperately waiting for a political settlement. This must remain the priority for us all.
Ireland Provides Life-Saving Assistance in Syria, Iraq and Sub-Saharan Africa Crisis Situations
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and the Minister of State for Development, Trade and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock T.D., today announced additional emergency funding of €3.725 million to support global humanitarian action by the UN and Irish NGO partners. The funding is in response to the unprecedented scale of humanitarian crises globally and includes support for the UN’s response to the refugee crises in Syria and Iraq.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) welcomes the announcements by the European Council to significantly increase resources for humanitarian assistance in neighbouring countries to Syria as well as the Justice and Home Affairs Council decision to relocate an additional 120,000 people.
IOM Director General William Lacy Swing on Thursday said Europe's decision is long overdue, and comes as the logical response after the world community waited far too long to face up to its responsibility to tackle conditions in Syria and other trouble zones.