A humanitarian emergency is continuing to unfold across Europe.

UNHCR is on the ground providing life-saving protection but we need your help.

Thousands of families are fleeing for their lives, risking treacherous sea and land crossings, in a desperate bid to reach the safety of Europe.

Over half a million people have crossed the Mediterranean and Aegean so far this year, fleeing war, persecution and a horrifying list of human miseries in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, and other countries. Nearly 3,000 people have drowned or gone missing. Yet, the number of people arriving in Europe continues to rise.

For many, the choice to embark on such dangerous journeys seems the only way to give their children a chance of survival and safety.

“I am doing this for the future of my children. We had no hope of a future left in Iraq, in Syria, just a future of war. People where I am from have nothing to return to – we have had so many deaths, lost so many we loved. We hope that here in Europe at least our children can have some hope, a future again.” – Asma, a refugee traveling alone with her children.

UNHCR is on the ground, working around the clock to help Syrian and other refugees caught up in this crisis. We are the only organization protecting refugees and providing lifesaving assistance at every point of the way, offering 24-hour service in many locations. As winter approaches, more support is urgently needed for us to continue to save lives and protect families forced to flee their homes.

Your support is vital in helping us reach refugees, at all stages of their journey, to ensure we can:

  • Better protect families at the start of their journey:
    UNHCR offers support and assistance to over 4 million Syrians who have fled to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, providing basic essentials such as cash for food, shelter and medical care to struggling families in both urban and camp locations. We help children to access education, giving families another reason to stay safe in host countries. Since September, we have reached almost 1 million very vulnerable refugees through cash assistance, benefiting both refugee families and local communities.

  • Assist people at the mid-point of their journey:
    For those who have already left their homes or host countries for Europe, in Northern Africa UNHCR provides urgent help to the vulnerable, injured or those left destitute by smugglers. We also help people to access advice and ensure their rights to get the help they need. We have provided access to medical care for over 65,000 refugees so far, including over 11,000 children.

  • Support refugees upon arrival in Europe:
    At the borders, UNHCR is monitoring the situation and working to protect new arrivals by ensuring they have access to asylum and emergency shelter. We also help children travelling alone by providing specialist support and care. With winter fast approaching, UNHCR has distributed over 32,400 sleeping mats, 6,890 sleeping bags and 26,400 blankets and delivered over 275,000 more.


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