Syrian Refugee Crisis
The war in Syria has killed as many as 250,000 Syrians, and has uprooted more than 11 million people. Children, who make up more than half of Syrian refugees in the Middle East, are paying the heaviest price: many have witnessed violence and the loss of homes or loved ones; the vast majority have been out of school for years. Syria’s neighbors, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, have responded to the call to welcome the stranger. With an influx of some 4.1 million refugees, their economies, social services and basic infrastructure are strained to the breaking point. But unless and until families can feed their children and provide opportunities, they will continue to look for other opportunities.
European Refugee Crisis
Driven by violence and seeking safety and a fresh start, Syrians made up half of the more than one million refugees and economic migrants who arrived on European shores in 2015. However, following border closures throughout the Balkans in March 2016, tens of thousands of refugees and economic migrants have become stranded in Greece. Thousands more are stuck in Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. With their options in flux and conditions increasingly perilous, these families need food, basic supplies, shelter and clear information about legal options for seeking asylum and international protection.
Since the beginning of the conflict, CRS has come to the aid of approximately 1 million war-affected Syrians across the Middle East and Europe.
CRS Response in the Middle East
Since 2011, CRS has worked with our Catholic Church partners across the Middle East, including in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.
- Living supplies and hygiene kits
- Shelter and rent assistance
- Medical support
- Livelihoods support
- Formal and informal educational support and counseling for children
CRS Response in Europe
Since the summer of 2015, CRS has been scaling up our response to the refugee crisis unfolding in Europe by working with Church and other local partners across the refugees’ routes, including in Greece, Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia.
- Food and emergency living supplies
- Medical assistance
- Temporary shelter
- Information, translation services, and legal services
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CRS in the News
Georgians Travel to The Front Lines of Syrian Refugee Crisis, from The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
In San Diego, Syrian Refugee Family Finds Safe Haven, from The San Diego Union-Tribune
Update on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, from The Marc Steiner Show
Baltimore Agencies Bring Aid To Religious Minorities in Middle East, As Genocide Is Declared, from The Baltimore Sun
Syrian Refugees and Hunger: An Interview with Caroline Brennan of CRS, from the Examiner.com
Five Years of War in Syria, from WYPR
Crisis Compounded: Migrants Stranded in Greece as EU Nations Say 'No', from Catholic News Service
After Five Years of Comforting the Afflicted in Syria, A Glimmer of Hope, from National Catholic Register
The 'Moral Imperative' to Help Refugees, from Our Sunday Visitor
CRS Official Returns with Firsthand Report on Refugee Crisis, from American magazine
With Focus on EU, Lebanon Strains Under Refugee Burden, from America magazine
How the U.S. Can Respond to the European Refugee Crisis: Interview with CRS' Sean Callahan, from PBS's Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly
Steinberg: Muslim Refugees Arrives in America with 'Big Hope', from the Chicago Sun-Times
The Long Journey of Syrian Refugees, from the Huffington Post
Catholic Relief Official Calls for Stronger Response to Refugee Crisis, from the Baltimore Sun