General information about the Refugee crisis in Europe

The daunting image of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year old boy who was found lying lifelessly upon a shore, tells the story of the millions of Syrian parents who have risked everything in search of a better life for their children. Most of these families simply wanted to find safety and security away from the threat of ISIS, a group perceived too radical for even Al-Qaeda, and away from an oppressive government which permits torture to juveniles. With the belief that there is no future in Syria, people have had high hopes in finding a new place in Europe they could call home. A home without war, persecution, chemical warfare and American air strikes.

However many Syrians would soon realise they had only left one hell for another. Upon arriving at the borders of Hungary, many refugees were welcomed with fences lined with barbed wire and police brutality, whilst other refugees in other European states are struggling to rebuild their lives after having spent most of the money they brought with them on deceitful smugglers. Many refugees, in particular minors who have been separated from their family members along the way, have resorted to prostitution and dealing drugs in exchange for money to avoid starvation. All these experiences are reserved for those who were already fortunate enough to endure the perilous journey in overcrowded wooden boats with the risk of being detained and deported by authorities.

In the wake of this crisis, people and non-profit organisations have come together to provide essentials for the refugees. Having arrived in Europe with barely any possessions or money, these charities understand the importance of immediate supplies so that refugees do not have to resort to self-degradation for survival. With winter here, basic necessities such as warming blankets and tents are needed to support these refugees during vulnerable times, things which we often take for granted. Before confronting the more distant issues of integrating these refugees into Europe’s safe and stable societies, for the moment it is crucial to ensure that refugees do not leave war to only find death.

You can also help the refugees by donating or becoming more involved with these charities:

Save the Children – http://www.savethechildren.org/…/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.7998857/…
– provides food, clean water, education, health services and other basic humanitarian aid to Syrian refugee camps
– highlights the difficulties children face from not being able to attend schools because of fears of attacks
– supports the provision of safe environments and funding for children to receive basic education
– advocates the importance of education for young children in Syria to restore long-term stability and economic growth

UN Refugee Agency – http://donate.unhcr.org/international/syria
– aims to reduce the number of Syrians resorting to smugglers and traffickers and facing the dangers that they bring
– provides basic and urgent humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees, such as medicine, tents and clothing
– has already helped 1.8 million Syrians receive food aid, 500,000 children enrol in school and provided shelter to 460,000 refugees

International Rescue Committee – http://www.rescue.org/crisis-syria

– provides medical aid, access to legal counselling and support to victims of violence
– helps lost children reunite with their families amidst the refugee crisis
– assists new arrivals with understanding their legal rights and registration processes in other states
– offers refugees opportunities to resettle in the United States

Oxfam – http://www.oxfam.org.uk/wh…/emergency-response/syria-crisis…
– aims to ensure safe and legal routes for refugees into the United Kingdom
– provides water tanks and hygiene kits to encourage sanitation and reduce the risk of disease and illness among refugees
– campaigns for international governmental support and international awareness of the crisis through media

Doctors Without Borders – http://www.msf.org.uk
– provides healthcare to refugees who do not have access to reliable healthcare
– aim to prevent epidemics from arising in unsanitary refugee camps
– donations go towards helping with the costs of treatment, vaccinations, training staff, helping women give birth safely, surgery and providing medical assistance efficiently to remote areas

World Vision – http://www.worldvision.org.uk/…/make-d…/syria-crisis-appeal/
– allows donors to sponsor a child, so that they can receive education and share anecdotes about their improved lives with their donors
– distribute basic essentials such as blankets for warmth, food and shelter 
– donations go towards building sanitation infrastructure to provide a safer environment for refugees
– provide essentials to refugees in Hungary and Serbia


Xavier Garralda A third year Law and Sociology student at the University of Warwick. Born and raised in Hong Kong. Just a simple, ordinary guy who wants to ‘Heal The World’