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Interview with Claus Sørensen, Director-General of the Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection at the European Commission. April 2014
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Migration Policy Centre Policy Brief

The Mediterranean Sea is the most porous border between Europe and its neighbours and the world’s most dangerous border between countries that are not at war with each other. Three facts emerge: sea routes to Europe are anything but new; places of embarkation and disembarkation have changed in relation to controls; and the risk of dying at sea has considerably increased over the last decade.
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European Union Case Studies

The European Union (EU) had spent over €2 billion distributed in humanitarian aid as of October 2014. This amounts to about half of humanitarian aid for the Syria crisis, with the rest covered by the United States and other countries. A Migration Policy Centre (MPC) research papers reviews the EU’s response to the Syrian crisis and tracks the numbers of Syrian asylum seekers.
Released in November 2012.
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The Mediterranean Sea is the most porous border between Europe and its neighbours and the world’s most dangerous border between countries that are not at war with each other. Another MPC paper, by Philippe Fargues and Sara Bonfanti, analyzes why migrants risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean and what Europe is doing about it
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During the collapse of Colonel Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, there were fears that millions of refugees could reach Europe’s shores. Yet only 30,000 refugees actually made it to Europe while millions poured into Libya’s neighbours.

According to the European Union, almost 150,00 Syrian refugees have declared political asylum in the European Union since the start of the current conflict in Syria, the majority in Germany and Sweden (see map below).

Meanwhile, more than 3 million refugees have entered Syria’s neighbouring countries.

Last year in Libya, we worried disproportionately about Libyan refugees reaching Europe. At this point we have a similar situation with Syria.
Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, November 2012

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Interview with Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation

Filmed on 12 November 2012 in Paris, France.

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Interview with Helene Flautre, Member of the European Parliament

“Only 4% of Syrian refugees are in Europe, primarily in Germany and other Northern countries, such as Sweden. So we ask Syria’s neighbours to open their borders, but we don’t do the same?”
Click below to read our full interview with Hélène Flautre (Strasbourg, 13 December 2012)
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25 comments on “EU
  1. Alex Todorovic says:

    I am in Belgrade, Serbia… I have met two young men, refugees from Syria, whom I am letting stay at my house. They were on their way to Croatia, without documents, and I felt it would be risky to let them wander into Croatia. Their goal is Germany, as one of the young men has a relative there. My question is what is the best way they can arrive to Germany? Consider this an urgent request. Thank you.

  2. Hello
    I am a Syrian citizen currently residing valuable Syria and my father has a physical disability and my mother her health miserable I have two sisters and we are all sisters and University Students
    I want to humanitarian asylum to the UK and I have a uncle living in Birmingham and holds British citizenship and I have a uncle another resident in Scotland and also holds citizenship
    What a way to seek asylum humanitarian Please be answered Thank you very much

  3. Atis says:

    Dear Sirs

    We are private organisation, which are interested to help people, who find them-self in difficult life situation. More about us You can see here:

    At present, we can receive about 7-10 refugees to us, Latvia, Euro Union with full respect to EU immigration laws.

    We will be very grateful, when someone form Your organisation come in contact with us and share our possible ways of cooperation in order to help refugees.

    We have more than 20 years experiences in lawyer, business consultation, real estate, social support and accounting.

    Thank You so much in advance.

    With gratitude faithfully Atis Ozolins

  4. Polly Noble says:

    My name is Polly Noble and I am a 4th year medical student currently intercalating at the University of Leeds studying International Health BSc.

    As part of my studies I am hoping to design and complete a research project. For this project I wish to talk to the mothers of a refugee camp to explore their knowledge and attitudes towards diarrhoea and diarrhoea management in children under five.
    The title of my research is: Knowledge and attitudes of mothers related to childhood diarrhoea and diarrhoeal management in a refugee camp– A qualitative study.

    Last year two students from my course conducted their research in a refugee camp in Jordan, however their contact has since left.

    I am enquiring if anyone knows of a refugee camp (or area) where you think this research would be possible and if you have any contacts there.

    I require a host who can facilitate my research by helping me access the camp, and find potential participants. The process should take no longer than three weeks, and I hope to conduct it at some point during May and/or June.

    Thank you very much for reading this message, for any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on

    Best wishes
    Polly Noble

    • Mahmoud Suhail (M.D.) says:


      I am Mahmoud Suhail (M.D.) from Iraq and working in Oman and USA (Medical Research).
      I think i can help you in that.
      Traditional diarrhoea treatment in refugee camps include;
      1- Giving rice water as the corner stone of therapy. It helps control electrolytes as well.
      2- High carbohydrate low fat diet like potato.
      3- Some (and it is effective) prescribe dry tea leafs powder (1 cup spoon full bid).
      4- Rarely a maneuver used in India mainly, putting sugar sublingual. There has been studies showing that this may enhance GI absorption, minimize dehydration, plus providing more secured quick source of energy.

      Hope this can help

  5. ahmed aziz oughly says:

    Dear Sir,

    cause to the Syria crises, I’m doing nothing more than 3 years.

    I’m a geologist 59 years old birth and live in Damascus – Syria ,I worked in oil field as a driller in Lybia for nine years,18 years maintenance and repair drilling equipment’s in my own workshop in Damascus and 3 years in oil company office ( head of materials),I have wife and 4 daughters and 2 suns ages the oldest 20 years old the youngest 5 years old. I’m doing nothing more than 3 years. I’m ready to support you in any further information about me and my family.

    please don’t ignore my request .
    looking forward to receive your happy reply.

    sincerely yours,

    Ahmed Aziz oughly

  6. Noman says:

    Hello sirs, I am Syrian from the destroyedAleppo,I am tourist guide in English, my wife is agriculture engineer, we have two kids. We will be in Istanbul after 45 days. We want to seek asylum in Europe. Any help!

  7. I’m Fadi Mustafa from Syria. I finish my study in English Literature in my country. I’m 25 years old. I’m suffered alot. I have a bad pain in my back. I can’t walk very well. Please help me. I run off from Syria because of I am required for Syrian Army Service. Now I’m in Istanbul and I’ve been here about 2 weeks. I want a humanitarian asylum. Hope in you … i’m waiting your answer. Thanks

  8. Jad says:

    Hello I’m Mr:jad I’m Syrian guy 21 years seeking asylum in Any safe country and who can help me to continuo my study and allowed for me to work and can afford the study cost I’m now in south turkey and I’m in a horrible situation and under big stress hope to see your replay as soon as possible
    Kind Of Regards

  9. Anna Sciannarella says:

    Dear Sirs,

    I write on behalf of a Syrian family who is currently in a refugee camp in Turkey. They wanna move to a NOthern Europe country. How can they apply for asylum? And most importantly: since they are registered in a Turkisk camp can they still apply for it somewherelse?

    I thank you in advace for the help you may give me!

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Best regards


  10. ibrahim says:

    I want a humanitarian asylum.
    Hope in you … i’m waiting your answer.

  11. jamil AAbdi says:

    I am Syrian, and I have three children.After waiting and seeing what happened to my country and what is still happening,We have decided to find our life in a foreign country like UK or GERMANY where my children will be able to continue their studies in peace .So please advise me how we can get there . many thanks

  12. Philipp says:

    To whom it may concern,

    I want to help a good friend to get out of Syria, but the question is where to go.
    Do you know of a list or another on-line information compilation regarding which
    countries still allow Syrians in on a non-refugee status, and grant them the rights
    exceeding a short visitor’s visa, e.g. employment?
    kind regards

  13. Osama says:

    I would like to thank all the European countries that have received and are still receiving Syrian refugees

  14. Ali says:

    My name is Ali from Syria working in the field of mining and I’m displaced from my house and I live in a refugee camp on the Turkish border, I am married I want to humanitarian asylum to any country in the European Union. Please help me. Thank you very much and gratitude.

    • Ali says:

      My name is Ali from Syria working in the field of mining and I’m displaced from my house and I live in a refugee camp on the Turkish border, I am married I want to humanitarian asylum to any country in the European Union. Please help me. Thank you very much and gratitude.

  15. Karen says:

    The Australian government is currently accepting applications from Christians Syrians. August 2014

  16. Al Morce says:

    Democracy First in Syrian Decisions

    Sometimes hearing the refugees can be done without a voice and without a gesture since actions do speak.

    Since the start of the Syrian crisis neutral individuals like myself couldn’t know which side is protecting the Will of the People because information was contradictory. Now, after all this time, we have a real proof of people’s choice. We have the democratic answer that can help UN and others to make the right decisions.

    According to the site, 9,000,000 Syrian refugees have fled their homes up until now, both internally within Syria and externally (August 2014).

    1. This forms a majority of the Syrian population
    2. Those people made the choice of “Security” over “fighting for the Freedom Concept” (They don’t want to fight, they don’t want to support the fighters, they don’t want to offer humanitarian aids to the cause, they don’t care about their property, they preferred the unknown and left)
    3. Therefore those people chose “Security” over “The Freedom Fight” (simply)

    The UN should call on all parties to apply the will of the people by ending “The Freedom Fight” and returning to “Security”. If leaders of the “Freedom Fight” don’t apply that Will of the people – democratically and physically and literally expressed by the actions of the refugees – it would hint us as to the true intention of the leaders of that fight in regards to democracy and freedom concepts.

    I hope this message gets through as it has been victim of censorship before.

    Al Morce

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  18. Mohammad Al Barzawi says:

    Excuse me Sir, we’re a disperate refugee Syrian family who fled from the certain death( Syria ) to live in Jordan, now, we subject the the distinguishing and persecution, and the racism, nationality,please we need to your assistance regarding any benefit information”how could we immigrate to Europe or U.S?”.
    I’m hopfuly you will provide me your advice,or assistanc.
    thanks a lot.

  19. R. Ghazzi says:

    I’m Reem 25 years, my brothers 28 years and 22 years. Violence circumstances, our house hit by several missiles. These were our parents Father and Mother both dead. Shortly after we left from Deir Ez-Zour in Syria to Aleppo in Syria on 1 julie 2012. In Aleppo ended up in a refugee center in nearby Al Midan.
    Aleppo was also a scene of violent happening. Right in the neighborhood where we are headed flights, violence continues to increase, and the whole neighborhood was always with missiles, bomben and violence between troops and rebels.
    At the same time my two brothers were called for this period to report for military service in the government. Considering they could not follow up the violence of their study, they were secret services of the regriem in Syria called to report to the nearest military service. My brothers were obviously not part of the violence in the country has seen it all happen and kill saw with their eyes.
    We decided to leave the country. It is a safe country that is near and we could achieve with difficulty was neighboring Lebanon. On March 15, 2013 went to a shelter for Syrians in Al Ashrafie in Beirut. This center is covered by a church and is funded by the church. Until now we stay here. Due to the increasing number of refugees from Syria, the situation here serious condition. In Lebanon, we can no other way, we can’t return to Syria.
    Here we ask you to help, support and rescue for this distressing event. We want a better life, better future and above all safe and normal life to enjoy.
    We have an sister living in Holland, please help us to seek asylum in Holland. We can no other way.

  20. emad says:

    I am a Syrian citizen. Required the Syrian regime. How can I provide political asylum to Sweden or Germany .
    thank u

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