In Focus: Refugee crisis in Europe
- UNICEF launches new appeal to support refugee and migrant children in Europe
- Informal meeting of EU heads of state or government on migration, 23 September 2015 - statement / FR
- UNHCR’s proposals in light of the EU response to the refugee crisis and the EU package of 9 September 2015
Appeals & Funding
- Special Mediterranean Initiative Jun 2015 – Dec 2016, Supplementary Appeal
- UNHCR: Special Mediterranean Initiative: Plan for an enhanced operational response (Jun–Dec 2015)
- IFRC Response Plan: A Movement coordinated approach focusing on the Mediterranean and neighbouring regions
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.
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.
Additional Speaker: Amin Awad, Director UNHCR Bureau for Middle East & N.Africa / Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Syria Region
UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to respond to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, with US$6.5 urgently needed for the immediate response in the next 6 months.
As EU member states grapple with an escalating refugee crisis, Islamic Relief calls for world leaders to commit to action in Europe and to tackle the roots of the crisis in the Middle East.
An Emergency Open-ended Meeting of the Executive Committee at the level of Permanent Representatives on the humanitarian crisis in Syria was convened on 13th September 2015 at the General Secretariat in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to discuss the dramatic escalation of the tragedy of the Syrian refugees in the region and beyond. H.E.
NEW YORK, 10 September 2015 – The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will only worsen if greater efforts are not made to end the protracted conflict in Syria and address the humanitarian needs of the millions affected by the violence, says UNICEF today.
Marseille, France – 60 decision-making representatives from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey and European countries affected by the refugee crisis, development and financing partners, practitioners and technical experts on fragility and conflict gathered in Marseille today to discuss the long term development implications of the refugee crisis in the Mashreq, where more than 4 million refugees are displaced.
8 September 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy on Syria today said the images of the drowned Syrian toddler wearing a red shirt and blue shorts lying face down on a Turkish beach should be a wake-up call to the world that “there is no more time for long political processes,” and it is now time to have “a real discussion” to end the conflict.
The September informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers has concluded in Luxembourg after two-days of discussions. Ireland was represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D.
At the conclusion of the meeting, he stated:
BEIRUT, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 15:47 GMT
Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.
At least 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, which counted 23 million inhabitants at the start of the civil war.
More than four million have become refugees.
Kos, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 8/19/2015 - 01:54 GMT
by Serene ASSIR
When Wael and his relatives from Syria climbed into an inflatable boat in the dead of night to cross the sea from Turkey to Greece, they abandoned all their belongings -- except their smartphones.
"Our phones and power banks are more important for our journey than anything, even more important than food," said Wael, a 32-year-old from the devastated Syrian city Homs who reached the Greek resort island of Kos on Thursday morning.
The Arab Spring protests that swept across many parts of the world since 2011 have radically reshaped the social, political and economic environments of the countries in the concerned regions. There has also been a significant increase in radicalisation and extremism, emergence of new groups or transformation of existing groups and new battlefields, which have enhanced terrorist violence affecting various regions and the world at large. The articles in this issue provide a survey of post-Arab Spring events and developments and projections for the future from a range of perspectives.
First: A Neglected Crisis
GENEVE, 9 décembre (HCR) - Les gouvernements de pays occidentaux réunis aujourd'hui à Genève se sont engagés à augmenter le nombre de réfugiés syriens qu'ils acceptent via la réinstallation et d'autres formes d’admission pour motif humanitaire.
Après les annonces d'aujourd'hui et les indications sur de futurs engagements, le HCR prévoit que le nombre total de places de réinstallation disponibles pour les réfugiés syriens dans les prochains mois atteindra 100 000. Ce chiffre inclut les 62 000 places déjà mises à disposition par les gouvernements.
(August 1, 2014) On the fourth anniversary of it first becoming binding international law, campaigners will today urge every country in the world to join the international treaty banning cluster bombs.
The call comes just days after the second anniversary of the start of ongoing use of cluster munitions against civilians in Syria, in July 2012.