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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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European Refugee Crisis Situational Briefing - 2016 October

A long-term refugee crisis, with thousands stranded in substandard camps, has unfolded on European soil. On the Greek islands, 14,331 men, women and children await possible return to Turkey and the Greek Government reports 60,788 people of concern across the country. With increased border restrictions, some 6,000 refugees are now in Serbia, stretching the capacities of accommodation facilities. Close to 1,000 people are sleeping rough in the capital or at the two transit zones on the border with Hungary while the weather is turning increasingly colder. The refugee crisis is part of a new global norm, in which unusually large numbers of people are displaced for longer than ever before, and where the disparity between their needs and provision is growing by the week. Europe's first priority must be to meet the humanitarian needs of refugees who have already arrived, and to process their asylum claims, family reunion and relocation transfers quickly. Denied safe pathways into Europe, significantly more refugees are risking their lives by travelling via smuggling routes through the Balkans. Elsewhere in Europe, desperate people also continue to make the dangerous sea voyage from Libya to Italy. The proposed Union Resettlement Scheme represents a major opportunity for the EU to step up to its global responsibilities. An Immediate increase in resettlement efforts is required to offer safe routes of entry for those seeking sanctuary, alongside a robust and humane system to receive spontaneous arrivals. The UN estimates that 10% of the global refugee population - the most vulnerable - need resettlement. The IRC calculates that the European share is a minimum of 540,000 over the next five years, or 108,000 per year.

October 14, 2016
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Forced displacement in urban areas: what needs to be done

The issue of how the global community can effectively address forced displacement is prominent on the international agenda. Displacement levels are the highest ever recorded with roughly 65 million people forcibly displaced around the world, including over 21 million refugees, three million asylum-seekers and over 40 million internally displaced persons (IDPs).

October 14, 2016
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More than Six Months Stranded – What Now?

Over six months since the closure of Greece’s northern border and the introduction of the EU-Turkey deal, this policy brief—prepared jointly by 12 national and international organizations operational in Greece—outlines the current context for the over 60,000 people now stranded within the country’s borders.

October 13, 2016
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European Refugee Crisis Situational Briefing - 2016 September

A long-term refugee crisis, with thousands stranded in substandard camps, has unfolded on European soil. On the Greek islands 12,515 men, women and children await possible return to Turkey and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has identified 59,569 people of concern across the country. The refugee crisis is part of a new global normal, in which unusually large numbers of people are displaced for longer than ever before, and where the disparity between their needs and provision is growing by the week. Europe's first priority must be to meet the humanitarian needs of refugees who have already arrived, and to process their asylum claims, family reunion and relocation transfers quickly. The EU-Turkey deal has not dampened the desperation of people attempting to reach sanctuary in Europe. Denied safe pathways into Europe, significantly more refugees are risking their lives by travelling via smuggling routes through the Balkans. Elsewhere in Europe, desperate people also continue to make the dangerous sea voyage from Libya to Italy. Resettlement of refugees must be a core part of a new global pact. Immediate increase in national resettlement efforts is required to offer safe routes of entry for those seeking sanctuary. EU decision makers must now step up to their responsibility and work to adopt the Union Resettlement Framework with annual targets that will make a real impact. The UN estimates that 10% of the global refugee population - the most vulnerable - need resettlement. IRC calculates that the European share is a minimum of 540,000 over the next five years, or 108,000 per year.

October 10, 2016
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Brussels Speech 7 September

Summary of David Miliband's speech in Brussels.

September 27, 2016
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Global Alliance for Urban Crises - Adapting Global Crisis Response to an Urban World Action Plan - Commitments

The Global Alliance for Urban Crises is a global, multi-disciplinary and collaborative community of practice. It is a ‘network of networks’ working to prevent, prepare for and effectively respond to humanitarian crises in urban settings. The Global Alliance for Urban Crises (the Alliance) is an initiative that arose out of consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), during which a number of committed organisations led an urban expert group and developed a series of Urban Recommendations. The Alliance is the vehicle through which these recommendations will be put into action. It is guided by a series of principles as laid out in the Urban Crises Charter. The Alliance will be formally launched during a Special Session at the WHS, where institutional and joint commitments will be made by Alliance partners and delivered over the next three to five years.

September 20, 2016
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Emergency Preparedness & Response

In support of the IRC’s core mission—to respond to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and help people to survive and rebuild their lives—the IRC’s Emergency Preparedness & Response Unit (EPRU) is committed to responding to humanitarian emergencies anywhere in the world within 72 hours.

September 16, 2016
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Saving lives and rescuing futures: recommendations for a humanitarian and sustainable Union Resettlement Framework

Saving lives and rescuing futures: recommendations for a humanitarian and sustainable Union Resettlement Framework

September 9, 2016
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IRC's Client Voice and Choice initiative and Ground Truth Solutions pilot case study X: standardisation

The IRC is working to incorporate preferences, aspirations, and expectations of those we serve into humanitarian programming. This document examines standardization in client feedback.

September 1, 2016
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IRC's Client Voice and Choice initiative and Ground Truth Solutions pilot case study C: health in Syria

The IRC is working to incorporate the preferences, aspirations, and expectations of those we serve into humanitarian programming. This document examines an IRC health program in Syria.

September 1, 2016

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