The conflict in Syria has not only posed a threat to the region’s stability in recent years, but it has also had a terrible human cost and is now considered the largest humanitarian crisis since the World War II. By September 2016, 13.5 million Syrians were in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the European Commission. The EU has been deeply concerned about the situation since the start. Read on to find out what it is doing to help.
The EU and the members states are the region's largest donor, having allocated more than €5 billion in funding to help relieve the humanitarian crisis in Syria. By September 2016 6.6 million Syrians were internally displaced and more than 4.8 million refugees registered and waiting to be registered in neighbouring countries.
Hundreds of thousands of people have tried to cross the Mediterranean in search of safety and many have lost their lives trying to do so. Parliament has repeatedly called for more efforts to prevent further loss of life at sea and for EU countries to assume their fair share of responsibility and solidarity towards the member states that receive most of the refugees.
Read our top story on Syria to know more about what the EU is doing to support the victims of the Syrian conflict and our top story on 2016 International Women's Day to know more about the difficulties faced by women refugees. You can also check out our top story on migration to know more on the EU's response to the refugee crisis.