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IRC in Europe

IRC in Brussels

IRC Belgium leads on the IRC's engagement with the EU institutions. Our priority is to ensure that EU policy and legislation meets the needs of those affected by conflict and disaster. We use IRC’s learning and experience to shape EU humanitarian and development policies in ways that improve the lives of more people worldwide. We seek to drive policy change on the refugee crisis in Europe and globally, and to ensure that EU funding for the global refugee crisis is targeted effectively.

IRC Belgium is part of a strong and flourishing European network, working closely with our offices in Germany, UK, Greece, Switzerland, and Serbia, as well as our sister organisation Stichting Vluchteling (SV) in the Netherlands. 

The IRC & the EU 

• The European Union and its member states are collectively the world’s largest aid donor. Our engagement with the European institutions enables us to help shape effective, evidence- based policies that bring maximum benefit for beneficiaries.

• IRC advocates for a sustainable, sensible and above all humanitarian response to the refugee crisis, including the provision of safe and legal routes to protection in the EU.

• We draw on our knowledge of the situation on the ground in Greece and the Balkans to advocate for solutions to address the humanitarian crisis within Europe’s borders.

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Resettlement Resources

The IRC in Europe supports local service providers including community based-organisations, municipalities, other public bodies as well as non-governmental organisations working towards the socio-economic inclusion, safety and self-sufficiency of refugees and asylum seekers. Resettlement Resources provides expert resources for local governments, civil society and community organisations delivering reception and integration services for resettled refugees and asylum seekers.

July 17, 2018
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Pushing the boundaries: Insights into the EU’s response to mixed migration on the Central Mediterranean Route

This report aims to draw greater attention to the humanitarian crisis facing people on the move along the Central Mediterranean Route and includes the IRC's ‘Ten Point Action Plan’ for EU leaders to promote a values-driven approach to migration on the route.

July 11, 2018
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Forging a common path: A European approach to the integration of refugees and asylum-seekers

At a time where populist voices in member states dominate the debate on migration and displacement, the EU can provide principled leadership.

July 9, 2018
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International Rescue Committee Annual Report 2017

International Rescue Committee Annual Report 2017

June 7, 2018
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Seven steps to scaling cash relief

In 2016 we joined other donors and humanitarian actors to commit to increase the use of humanitarian cash as part of the Grand Bargain, an agreement negotiated between donors and aid organisations. Since then, we have implemented a set of organisational reforms to achieve such a scale up which are of relevance to the wider humanitarian community.

May 4, 2018
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Still in search of work - Creating jobs for Syrian refugees: An update on the Jordan compact

The Syrian refugee crisis is the largest refugee crisis of our time. The Syrian war, now entering its eighth year, has displaced more than 11 million Syrians—5.6 million of which have fled in search of a safer and more stable life outside of Syria’s borders. Today, Jordan is home 1.3 million Syrians, including more than 655,000 registered refugees, who are trying to recover and rebuild their lives.

April 25, 2018
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Securing a safer future for Syrians: IRC’s recommendations for the Brussels Conference on Syria

Securing a safer future for Syrians: IRC’s recommendations for the Brussels Conference on Syria

April 20, 2018
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They die of bombs, we die of need: impact of collapsing public health systems in Yemen

They die of bombs, we die of need: impact of collapsing public health systems in Yemen

March 26, 2018
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The long road home—Achieving durable solutions to displacement in Iraq: Lessons from returns in Anbar

In December 2017, after three years of conflict which displaced 5.8 million people, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State group (ISIS). As Coalition-backed Iraqi forces slowly regained territory, many people returned home to start the long process of rebuilding their lives and communities.

February 28, 2018
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Violence, uncertainty, and resilience among refugee women and community workers: An evaluation of gender-based violence case management services in the Dadaab refugee camps

Reports of gender-based violence (GBV) are common in camps for refugees and displaced populations. In the Dadaab refugee camps in north-eastern Kenya, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CARE International (CARE) implement programmes that aim to both respond to and prevent GBV.

February 23, 2018

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