International policies

European cooperation

Some of the ongoing refugee crises are taking place in the close vicinity of Europe. Joint action by European countries is therefore both sensible and necessary: the European Union needs to tackle the root causes of displacement, reduce the strain on host countries and give displaced people a chance to build a future for themselves.

Working together effectively

Germany is working actively within the European Union to give shape to the EU migration partnerships that are being established with African partner countries in particular. The BMZ's long-term goal is to help provide education and jobs so that people will feel they have a future in their own country, and to establish the principle of shared responsibility between countries of origin, transit, and destination.

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.

International cooperation

The German government's support for refugees is part of international efforts to provide help. Germany coordinates its activities closely with the United Nations. For example, the BMZ is providing substantial funding to support the work done by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

No lost generation

UNICEF is providing substantial support for refugee children from Syria. The BMZ is supporting UNICEF's No Lost Generation initiative, among others. The initiative provides educational offerings and psycho-social support to ensure that there is not a "lost" generation in Syria and its neighbouring countries growing up without education, knowing nothing but war and destruction, and learning that the only way to resolve conflicts is through violence.

Solutions Alliance

The BMZ is also part of the Solutions Alliance. This international initiative is seeking to develop solutions for refugees caught up in long-term crises. It is a multi-stakeholder alliance that includes the countries affected by the crises, donor countries such as Germany, UN agencies such as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and representatives from academia, the private sector and civil society.