Refugee Crisis in Europe

An unprecedented humanitarian emergency is
unfolding right now across Europe and
the Mediterranean.

Photo Credit:  © UNHCR / Achilleas Zavallis 

Greece. New refugee accommodation site opens in LagkadikiaSince 2015, nearly 1.2 million refugees and migrants reached European shores, undertaking treacherous journeys from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries torn apart by war, persecution and a horrifying list of human miseries. For some, this desperate journey will be their last. More than 5,000 have lost their lives or have gone missing since 2015, and an increasing number of women and unaccompanied children continue to undertake perilous journeys in search of safety.

UNHCR is on the ground, with over 600 staff in 20 different locations working to protect refugees and provide lifesaving assistance such as shelter, food, water and medical care to refugees who arrived in Europe. We are also working around the clock to provide assistance and protection in countries where refugees transit along their journey through Europe.

Published on May 8, 2016

What's Being Done

UNHCR is leading efforts to provide life-saving support to refugees arriving in Europe including shelter, food, water and medical care.

We are also on the ground providing assistance and protection to refugees in the countries where they are fleeing and transiting along their journey to Europe.

UNHCR has deployed emergency teams and supplies to the region to support our emergency operations already on the ground to ensure that families who reach Europe after having lost everything will be welcomed into a safe and caring environment.