We are appalled by the suffering and loss of life amongst people seeking to flee to European countries, whether they are escaping persecution or simply in search of a better life.
DEC member agencies and their partners are giving practical support to migrants and refugees across Europe by providing food, water, shelter, clothes, medical care and protection for vulnerable children. They are also continuing to provide support to people affected by the war in Syria, including many of the four million refugees in neighbouring countries. The DEC Syria Crisis Appeal helped fund this work for two years after its launch in March 2013.
The DEC is closely monitoring the current refugee situation in Europe and at present a DEC appeal is not required in order to secure the necessary funding for the work of our members.
A lasting solution to the crisis requires the resolution of the conflicts that force people to flee their homes, adequate resources to provide assistance to refugees in countries neighbouring those in conflict and a willingness by all countries to fulfil their international legal obligations by providing asylum to those fleeing persecution.