Refugee crisis appeal

More than 13 million people in need

More than 60 million people are currently displaced across the globe. Not since world war two have we seen so many people fleeing violence. Since the conflict began 50 families have fled Syria for safety every hour of every day. The IRC has been supporting Syrians since 2012, reaching 3.3 million people with life-saving services.

"It has been a constant struggle, but now I am more powerful. I want my daughters to finish school. I want my business to grow. I want stability. And I am slowly making things happen."

- Dalal, Age 38, Jordan

Inside Syria, 6.5 million people are internally displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance. With no end to the conflict in sight and frontlines constantly shifting, humanitarian access is constrained. The IRC is working inside Syria to provide immediate aid and help families prepare for long term recovery.

In Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and northern Iraq, nearly 1,500 IRC staff are providing life-saving services to Syrian refugees, the IRC also has 2,000 staff working inside Syria. Including those who reached Europe last year, more than 4.6 million Syrians have fled to these countries since the conflict began. Turkey is now the largest refugee hosting country in the world. In Lebanon one in four people are Syrian refugees.

The IRC's response to the Europe refugee crisis continues to evolve and expand based on needs on the ground across the continent. About 57,000 refugees continue to live in a desperate limbo in Greece as a result of the EU-Turkey deal. Across the Balkans, refugees continue to make their way, navigating treacherous terrain, relying on unreliable smugglers, in search of sanctuary in Europe. In Germany and in other European countries, government officials and service providers are facing the challenge of integrating refugees into local communities. And in Brussels and London, the IRC continues to apply pressure on EU leaders to develop a sustainable, sensible and above all humanitarian response to the refugee crisis.

.@IRCuk is the only international organisation acting on all fronts of the crisis : assisting the displaced inside Syria and across the Middle East, supporting refugees at transit points in Europe, and helping them to resettle in the United States. We are proud to have resettled 320 of the 1,752 Syrian refugees who have been admitted to the US since the Syrian crisis began.

MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE REFUGEE CRISIS

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13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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7 out of 10 people in need of humanitarian assistance are women and children.

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Since 2012, the IRC and partners have reached 3.3 million people inside Syria and in Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon

Refugee crisis appeal More than 13 million people in need

SYRIA

The traumas of war have taken a heavy toll on Syria and its population. Last year was the worst yet for Syrians and people are still fleeing their homes every day. For civilians in Syria, 2015 was the worst year, with more people killed, wounded, displaced and trapped in besieged areas than ever before in the past 5 years. The intensity of the violence is such that an average of 50 families have been uprooted every hour of every day since the conflict began. Last year saw another 50,000 people killed and a further 1.5 million people are now in need of humanitarian aid. Almost a million more people have been forced to flee their homes.

The IRC has been delivering aid into Syria since 2012, ensuring help reaches some of the most vulnerable Syrian civilians. Since 2014, we've delivered over £59 million in medical care, pharmaceuticals, hygiene, housing, and winterization kits to almost 1 million Syrians and immunised more than a million children. In 2015, nearly 2,000 IRC workers helped more than 1.4 million Syrians inside their country - more than 80% of all people helped by the IRC in the region.

Together with local partners, we are supporting over 670,000 people in 100 health clinics and mobile teams, delivering primary care, trauma services, reproductive health care, and dialysis. IRC classrooms and support groups provided safety and stability for over 8,400 children and parents. We also helped 16,000 women and girls, including survivors of abuse, find safety and support, and supported 11,000 Syrians to get vital documents to move more freely and access services. Emergency cash-vouchers assistance from the IRC helps families displaced by violence meet their immediate needs and begin to recover with dignity. In northern Syria we run safe spaces for children, which not only provide places for them to play, but also support for their parents.

In Syria's besieged areas it has been possible for the IRC's partners to continue to support hospitals by purchasing locally essential medical supplies and fuel for generators. We are also supporting partner organisations to pay salaries for medical and support staff so the hospitals can remain open.

MEET THE PEOPLE: INSIDE SYRIA

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6.5 million people are displaced inside Syria.

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Since 2012, the IRC and partners have immunized more than one million children within Syria.

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The IRC has 2,000 staff working inside Syria.

NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

It's never been harder to be a Syrian refugee in neighbouring countries After five years of war, the vast majority of the 4.8 million refugees in the region are still living in poverty, unable to work, struggling to afford healthcare, rent, and send their children to school. This harsh reality lies behind the decision of increasing numbers of fleeing Syrians to travel to Europe rather than seek refuge in the region. Half of all Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in extreme poverty, nearly nine in ten living outside camps in Jordan live in extreme poverty.

@IRCuk has provided 10,000 children in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon with access to education. We have worked to help reunite separated children from their families and to provide them with safe spaces in which to recover from trauma, continue their education and stay off the streets and out of work. We have provided 10,000 children in Syria and Iraq with access to education. The Syrian crisis has taken a particularly exacting toll on women and girls. From our work across the region we know that women have been exposed to unique challenges, including sexual harassment and exploitation, increased violence in the home and early and forced marriage often brought on by poverty. In response to these needs the IRC has opened women's centres across the region where women and girls can receive counselling, economic assistance and support.

MEET THE PEOPLE: IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

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Nearly nine in ten living outside official camps in Jordan live in extreme poverty.

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The IRC runs 15 women's centers in the region where women and girls can receive counseling, economic assistance and support.

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Across the region, the IRC has reached over 400,000 people with primary health care.

EUROPE

The IRC's response to the Europe refugee crisis continues to evolve and expand based on needs on the ground across the continent. About 57,000 refugees continue to live in a desperate limbo in Greece as a result of the EU-Turkey deal. Across the Balkans, refugees continue to make their way, traveling treacherous terrain, relying on unreliable smugglers, in search of sanctuary in Europe. In Germany and in other European countries, government officials and service providers are facing the challenge of integrating refugees into local communities. And in Brussels and London, the IRC continues to apply pressure on EU leaders to develop a sustainable, sensible and above all humanitarian response to the refugee crisis. Greece The IRC's response in Greece focuses on three geographical areas: the Greek island of Lesbos, Attica, the region which encompasses Athens, and northern Greece.

Lesbos is the island where the IRC's response began in July 2015. Today, with the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal, just under 3,000 refugees are living on the island, the majority of whom are at the closed facility of Moria. Approximately 800 of the most vulnerable refugees have been transferred to Kara Tepe, an open facility where the IRC works in close collaboration with the local municipality. The IRC's work is evidenced from the moment you enter Kara Tepe. The IRC's information booth stands at the entrance and is staffed by IRC information officers who ensure that refugees are getting the information they need about their lives on Lesbos and the options available to them under the EU-Turkey deal.

The IRC's protection team is also on site assisting refugees and ensuring that the most vulnerable have access to the services they need. IRC psychologists at Kara Tepe address the many psychological needs of these refugees, stranded on Lesbos, often separated from spouses and children who have already made it to other countries in Europe, and who suffer great stress and anxiety given the circumstances in which they now find themselves.

In northern Greece the IRC's programmes are expanding exponentially. Currently in four government-run sites, the IRC is providing critical water and sanitation needs, enabling refugees to access safe drinking water and showers and toilets to help maintain health and hygiene, as well as implementing protection programmes. We have grave concerns about conditions at some of the new sites to which refugees have been transferred from the now-closed informal site at Idomeni. The IRC is committed, where possible, to working with the Greek government to meet humanitarian standards.

Across the north, the IRC has set up women's safe spaces, providing safe and healing spaces for children. In and around Athens, the IRC is responding at three government-run sites, where the IRC has also begun its economic recovery and development programming.

This has included the piloting of pre-paid cards which refugees can use like credit cards at local supermarkets and other businesses. In this way, refugees can make their own decisions about the goods they need and, at the same time, contribute to the local economy.

In Serbia, refugees continue to move through the Balkans along the so-called "Balkans route" in search of sanctuary and a better life in Europe. These refugees are at increased risk because they are, for the most part, now completely dependent on smugglers to make the journey and they are using increasingly dangerous routes, arriving in Belgrade deeply traumatised from their journey and in desperate need of food and shelter. IRC partners respond at every level - from psychological support and protection services, to providing food and giving advice on the limited shelter options available to them. At the Hungarian border, where refugees are still trying to find a way across, IRC partners provide food, water, and referrals to the most vulnerable refugees. The IRC is also expanding its programming to support women and girls traveling alone across the Balkans. RefugeeInfo Given the constantly changing landscape of the response, accurate information is critical for refugees so that they can make informed decisions about their current situation. The website, RefugeeInfo.eu remains a vital component of the IRC's response - a way to ensure that refugees rely on facts, not rumors, as they wait out their time in limbo. In partnership with Mercy Corps and in collaboration with Google, RefugeeInfo.eu offers information about available services, lodging and medical facilities across the Balkans and in Germany. The website is on the verge of adding information for Italy, with a focus on Lampedusa and Pozzallo.

MEET THE PEOPLE: IN EUROPE

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Almost half of all refugees arriving in Europe have passed through the island of Lesbos

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Since the start of 2016, 155,000 people have arrived in Greece by sea - nearly 60% are women and children

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Of those that have arrived in Europe 76% come from the world's top ten refugee producing countries.

RESETTLEMENT

The IRC is the only international organisation acting on all fronts of the crisis: assisting the displaced inside Syria and across the region, supporting refugees at transit points in Europe, and helping them to resettle in the United States. In 2015, the International Rescue Committee helped resettle nearly 10,000 newly arrived refugees and provided services to promote self-reliance and integration to over 36,000 refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants.

The IRC has 29 offices across the United States that support newly arrived refugees by providing immediate aid, including food and shelter. Through a network of staff members and volunteers we provide access to the tools of self-reliance: cultural orientation, housing, job placement and employment skills, clothing, medical attention, education, English-language classes and community orientation. Each resettlement office serves as a free, one-stop center for refugees’ needs during their pivotal first months in the U.S. We have helped refugees to prepare paperwork, facilitate interviews with U.S government officials, and, once they have been accepted for resettlement, to schedule medical screening and take cultural orientation classes.

We help refugees prepare paperwork, facilitate interviews with U.S government officials, and, once they have been accepted for resettlement, schedule medical screening and take cultural orientation classes.

MEET THE PEOPLE: FROM HARM TO HOME

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The IRC provided services to over 36,000 refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and other immigrants.

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If the UK takes its promised 20,000 refugees by 2020, that will only equate to 6 per consistency per year, 40 over 5 years.

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9,961 newly arrived refugees have been offered sanctuary by the United States to resettle in their new communities