Humanitarian Assistance Offered to Syrian Migrants by EU Countries is Poor and Needs to be Significantly Improved – A Call by Amnesty International

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Amnesty International has criticized EU Governments for failing to provide adequate humanitarian assistance to those displaced due to the ongoing Syrian conflict. The organization highlights that only a small number of people have been offered refugee protection (12,000 or 0.5% of those displaced) and many of those fleeing Syria are prevented entry to European countries at the border. Indeed, 97% of those displaced (2.3 million people) have fled to the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.

Amnesty International calls on European States to act on a number of key issues:

(1) Significantly increase the number of resettlement and humanitarian admissions to those from Syria.

(2) Assist boats in distress in the Mediterranean sea and ensure that those rescued are treated with dignity and have access to asylum procedures.

(3) End unlawful push-back operations.

(4) Provide legal safe passage for Syrian asylum seekers wishing to travel to European member states.

(5) Continue to provide support to countries hosting the largest numbers of refugees, particularly Jordan and Lebanon.

The full report is available here. On page 13 we can see that like most EU countries, Ireland has only pledged a small number of places for resettlement (90). Germany has offered by far the most number of places – 10,000.

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