Being a refugee is not a choice and World Refugee Day is the day where the whole world pays a tribute to the strength, courage, resilience and immense struggle of all children, men and women around the world.
The European Union is the leading global aid donor and stands with the forcibly displaced population – today and all other days of the year. With the objective to save and protect the lives of people the High Representative and the EU have put in place an approach which combines emergency humanitarian responses with longer-term support to refugees, asylum seekers, stateless and internally displaced people.
For example, in Syria where the crisis enters its eight year, there are over 13 million people in need of humanitarian assistance – 6 million are children. The EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis has reached a total volume of €1.5 billion and provided over 400 000 refugee and host community children and youth with access to quality education, protection and psycho-social support as well as more than 200 000 vulnerable beneficiaries with medical care and essential medicines.
Joint Statement on World Refugee Day 2018