The refugee crisis

Camp for Syrian refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border near Nizip

Background information: The global refugee crisis

Worldwide, there are more than 65 million displaced people – more than at any other time since World War II. These people are fleeing violent conflicts, human rights abuses or political, ethnic or religious persecution. Another factor that more and more frequently leads to displacement is extreme natural events. Only a small proportion of the world's refugees embark on the journey to Europe. Almost 90 per cent of them find refuge in developing countries. more

German activities: Tackling the root causes of displacement, stabilising host regions, supporting refugees

There are millions of people who are unable to live in dignity because they have been displaced by poverty, hunger and want, war, violence, human rights violations, natural disasters, exclusion, or political, ethnic or religious discrimination. In such emergency and crisis situations, the humanitarian assistance provided by the international community is a measure that ensures the survival of the refugees. Within the German government, the Federal Foreign Office is responsible for this kind of emergency relief. Development cooperation programmes, which are designed to cover longer periods of time, complement this emergency aid. They are geared towards stabilising the situation in crisis-affected regions on a long-term basis and improving living conditions on the ground. Measures to address the refugee crisis are a matter of top priority for German development policy. more

Cash for work: Job campaign gives people new opportunities

Beyond meeting the immediate basic needs of refugees (food, water), Germany is helping them by creating employment and income opportunities. To that end, the German government announced at the Syria conference in London on 4 February 2016 that it would launch an employment drive for the Middle East entitled "Partnership for Prospects". This programme consists of cash-for-work activities to give refugees and local people from host communities quickly available income opportunities. more

European and international refugee policies

Wars and emergencies that lead to displacement are happening in Europe's immediate neighbourhood. This means that joint action by European countries is absolutely vital. The BMZ is lobbying to get the EU member states to increase their overall level of support for refugees and to cooperate effectively with each other. To that end, short-term emergency relief should be dovetailed closely with longer-term development cooperation programmes. And further financial efforts are needed on the part of the EU. more

Further information

Here you can find a selection of links and documents that offer further reading on the topic of tackling the root causes of displacement and reintegrating refugees. more

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