UNHCR – Refugee Crisis in Europe

March 8 2016 by Global Careers

Refugee Crisis in Europe

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.

The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.

A humanitarian emergency is unfolding right now across Europe. 

Since the start of this year, thousands of people have crossed the Mediterranean and Aegean, undertaking treacherous journeys from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, and other countries torn apart by war, persecution, and a horrifying list of human miseries.

Thousands of families are fleeing for their lives, risking the treacherous sea and land crossings. Many have no choice but to board over-crowded, flimsy boats to give their children a chance of survival and safety. For some, this desperate journey will be their last. Almost 3,000 people have drowned trying to reach safety in Europe.

UNHCR is on the ground, helping refugees caught up in this crisis. They are the only organization protecting refugees and providing lifesaving assistance at every point of the journey to Europe.