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European Commission about the refugees crisis

Syria refugees

The Syria conflict has triggered the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Humanitarian needs steadily rise, population displacements continue, and an entire generation of children is being exposed to war and violence, increasingly deprived of basic services, education and protection.

The European Union and its Member States collectively are leading the international response. More than €3.9 billion have been mobilised for relief and recovery assistance to Syrians in their country and to refugees and their host communities in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt.

Through advocacy at the highest levels, the EU calls for the respect of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the protection of civilians, especially children and women. The kidnapping and killings of humanitarian workers only strengthen the call to all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of humanitarian personnel.

The EU calls for all parties to the conflict to allow unhindered humanitarian access, across conflict lines as well as borders, to ensure safe delivery of humanitarian aid and medical care to all people in need.

© European Union, 2015

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