International Refugee Crisis


In the worst refugee crisis since World War II, millions of people are currently fleeing conflict, persecution, and poverty in the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa and Asia.

The increase in the number of refugees went largely unnoticed, until the number of people looking for asylum in Europe started to increase dramatically in recent months. And many European countries have been slow to react.

While countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt have been looking after some 4 million Syrian refugees, almost 400,000 people have arrived by sea into Europe, prompting scenes of chaos, despair and too often death, as the EU struggled to decide how to respond.

On this page, we have listed a number of resources on the refugee crisis, to provide context and commentary on the news and debate. We would welcome your views on these papers, and would encourage you to contact us with your suggestions.

  1. Dóchas statements

  2. How you can help

  3. Background reading

Dóchas statements

How you can help

All information on NGO responses, public appeals, petitions and other initiatives aimed at helping the refugees are listed at

Background reading