More than 1 Million people arrived in Europe by sea in 2015

1,000,573 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe in 2015 by sea

3,735 lost their lives or went missing

84% of the arrivals come form the world’s top 10 refugee producing countries

49% come from Syria


(UNHCR Dec 2015)


Guterres on the situation in Syria / UNSC 21.12.2015

We know Syrians will go on trying to reach Europe until there is a fundamental change in the factors that are pushing them to leave.

There must be more international support to refugees and to their hosts, and humanitarian assistance has to match the level of the needs. Even with the recent surge in funding triggered by the refugee influx into Europe, the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (the 3RP) was only 52% percent funded, with dire consequences for many families.“

„But more importantly, if the conflict does not end quickly, this might be the end of Syria as we know it – and the same is true for Iraq. We are all aware of the complexities of the situation which the end of World War I created in the Middle East – in the words of David Fromkin, that was „a peace to end all peace“. But we must not allow today’s sectarian divide to escalate to the level of the wars of religion that flattened large parts of Europe in the 16th and 17th century. And let’s not forget that religious wars are always essentially political ones.

The lessons of history show that peace cannot wait. The world needs a surge in diplomacy for peace, and I strongly hope that Vienna will be a key step for peace to be reestablished as the number one priority on the international agenda.“

Syrian refugees in Gaziantp – a testimony of their living situation

When winter is here the dire situation of so many urban refugees in Southeast Turkey becomes more than visible. Around 85 % of the Syrian refugee population do live outside the camps and try to survive and make there living hoping to turn back home soon. In the 5. year of the war this hope and wish seems ever more unlikely for the near future. It is our human responsibility to support these people who were forced to flee their home. It is heartbreaking to see how people are forced to live and even pay rent for ruins like this. The little support through aid is just a drop in the ocean, however for many families essential for survival.

3RP 2016-2017 in response to the Syria crisis

The 3RP (Regional, Refugee &Resilience Plan) 2016-2017 in response to the Syria Crisis was launched Dec, 7th 2015.

„Over the last 12 months, the number of registered Syrian refugees in the Republic of Turkey, the Lebanese Republic, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Iraq, and the Arab Republic of Egypt has increased by more than 1 million, bringing the overall total to almost 4.3 million. Based on the most recent trends in displacement and population growth, and with access to safety in some countries becoming increasingly managed, it is expected that some 4.7 million Syrian refugees will be registered in the region by the end of 2016.

Fighting has intensified in almost all Syrian governorates, driving thousands more people from their homes. The 2016 Syria Humanitarian Response Plan estimates that there are 13.5 million people in need, of whom 6 million are children and 6.5 million are internally displaced persons (IDPs).

A political solution is urgently needed to end the conflict in Syria and bring about peace, stability and eventual voluntary return of displaced people in safety and with dignity.“

Council of Europe statement on EU migration and asylum policies

I support the statement of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe to the fullest and hope that it reaches out to our policy makers!

„We cannot tolerate this situation. European countries have to change approach and hold true to the values of solidarity and tolerance they have committed themselves to when they joined the Council of Europe. They have to understand that the situation of those trying to reach Europe today is not different from that of our fathers and mothers who, not long ago, were fleeing wars, persecution, torture or poverty. They have to design more humane policies which improve reception conditions, facilitate safe passage and access to asylum, and foster effective integration into the host societies.“

Interview on my job as humanitarian aid worker and Syrian and Iraqi refugees

I am happy that I had the chance again to give an interview on my job in SE Turkey and Kurdistan Iraq as humanitarian aid worker as well as my views on the situation of Syrian and Iraqi refugees and IDPs.

Thank you ‚Die Pastille‘!

For those who are interested you can read the interview here in German: pastille_81-04