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14 Oct 2016 description
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This briefing paper is the result of a joint effort by 12 national and international organizations operating in Greece. The aim is to explain the current situation for those stranded in Greece for over six months since the closure of the northern border and introduction of the European Union (EU) – Turkey deal.

27 Jun 2016 description

Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration

At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe.

17 Mar 2016 description

Dear European Leaders:

As organisations working directly with refugees and migrants in Europe, we ask European Union Member States present at the European Council meeting of 17th and 18th March 2016 to take the opportunity to come together in solidarity and conclude bold, unified and decisive policies to address the humanitarian crisis.

03 Mar 2016 description

As thousands of people arrive in Europe seeking safety, authorities in Austria and the Western Balkans have started selectively closing their borders. These measures are clearly infringing international and European law that protect the right to seek asylum.

17 Feb 2016 description

By Tiril Amundsen Skarstein

The Norwegian Refugee Council warns against the closing of European national borders, as this could result in large and unsustainable refugee camps elsewhere on European soil.

13 Oct 2015 description

Every day, Sawsan Abu Ajamia and a handful of colleagues provide around 5000 people crossing the border from Greece to Macedonia with necessary information and basic care.

“Most of the families came across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece, before they arrive to the Macedonian border. It is a very tough and dangerous journey. Many people have not slept for several days. They have been on the move, from one place to the next, in search of safety”, Ajamia says.

09 Oct 2015 description

The European Union and its Member States must urgently scale up their responses to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe as winter approaches before more lives get lost, five major humanitarian organisations said today.

As another high-level EU migration meeting convenes on October 8, the organisations – CARE International, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Welthungerhilfe, International Catholic Migration Committee (ICMC), and World Vision – called for a common and comprehensive approach that addresses root causes of displacement and prioritizes human rights.

08 Sep 2015 description

An increasing number of desperate refugees are seeking safety in Europe – many of them fleeing the brutal war in Syria.

NRC is working to assist refugees in Europe, as well as in Syria and the neighbouring countries.
Nearly 60 million people are displaced by war and conflict worldwide. The number has increased sharply as a result of the war in Syria, which has forced 12 million people to flee their homes. The crisis in Syria is the largest humanitarian crisis in our generation.

Refugee crisis in Europe

29 Apr 2013 description

28.8 million internally displaced people worldwide in 2012, record high includes five-fold increase in Syria

GENEVA, 29 APRIL 2013: The number of people internally displaced by armed conflict, violence and human rights violations at the end of 2012 was 28.8 million, an increase of 2.4 million people on the previous year and the highest global figure ever reported by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

31 Oct 2003 description

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw, October 2003


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  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia and Montenegro
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
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31 Oct 2003 description

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Warsaw, October 2003

23 Oct 2003 description

OSLO/GENEVA, 23 October 2003 - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) today called on the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to increase efforts to address the plight of the three million people who have been displaced within their own countries by armed conflict or human rights violations and still wait to be able to return to their homes.