Displaced people

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

Background information: Displacement worldwide

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 displaces many people from their home countries is extreme environmental and weather events. Only a small proportion of the world's displaced people embark on the journey to Europe. Around 84 per cent of all refugees remain in their region of the world and are hosted by 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 displaced people. Within the German government, the Federal Foreign Office is responsible for this kind of emergency relief. Development cooperation, on the other hand, is geared towards medium-term and long-term assistance. Its purpose is to stabilise the situation in crisis-affected regions on a long-term basis and to improve living conditions on the ground. The BMZ, which is responsible for development cooperation, coordinates its work closely with the Federal Foreign Office in order to ensure the best possible combination of humanitarian work and long-term development cooperation. 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

The BMZ's programme "Returning to New Opportunities"

Many people awaiting repatriation to their countries of origin are unaware of what support programmes may be available back home to help them resettle and find good prospects for the future. Their decision to leave Germany may also be made more difficult by the knowledge that the communities to which they return will often have high expectations of them. This is where the "Returning to New Opportunities" returnee programme is meant to help. 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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