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Refugee crisis

Refugees escaping conflict in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries face life-threatening journeys, exploitation and uncertainty. They are amongst the most vulnerable people in the world today.

Meet the refugees escaping war and entering Europe. Watch this powerful short video we filmed in Serbia in late 2015. ‪#‎refugeeswelcome‬

What you can do - Donate today

Please support people who have been forced to flee their homes.
To donate by telephone call 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI).

Donation type

How your donation can support refugees

40 euro

€40 / £30

will facilitate two children to go to school in Lebanon for one month

200 euro

€200 / £150

will provide shelter/rental support for one month for two families

500 euro

€500 / £400

will support five families for the coming winter months with warm clothes, blankets and generator fuel

Trócaire's work with refugees

The conflict in Syria has driven millions of people from their homes and devastated lives. 

Almost five million men, women and children have fled Syria to seek refuge in surrounding countries and in Europe.

There are currently 1.75 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan and 2.7 million refugees in Turkey. 

Over one million people fleeing conflict and poverty have risked their lives trying to reach Europe since 2015 with 7,000 drowning in the Mediterranean Sea.

This is both a humanitarian crisis and a crisis of humanity.

Trócaire is working with partners in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon to provide food, shelter, clean water and other basic needs and has reached over 164,000 Syrian refugees to date

WATCH: Trócaire partner Yasmin Kayali describes life in Lebanon for Syrian refugees. Originally from Aleppo in Syria, Yasmin co-founded the charity Basmeh & Zeitooneh in Lebanon, which currently supports 100,000 refugees there. 

Trócaire is also responding to the urgent needs of refugees arriving into in Europe and has supported vital aid to refugees in Serbia, Greece, Croatia and Macedonia. 

Refugees have been provided with food, sleeping bags, raincoats, washing facilities, hygiene kits, medical services and psychosocial support.

Trócaire has also been consistently calling for greater diplomatic engagement to find a political solution to the crisis and for commitments on humanitarian aid and refugee resettlement to be honoured by the Irish and E.U. governments.

More you can do

Fundraise in your community

Organise a fundraising event in your community in a way that suits you best, gather together and raise money at this urgent time.

Contact Katie for ideas and support: [email protected] or telephone: +353 1 6549122

Show solidarity

Please show your solidarity by attending upcoming vigils and rallies. #refugeeswelcome

Just four generations ago we were migrants too.

Refugees Welcome - Irish Solidarity Rallies

Refugee solidarity event at the Famine Memorial in Dublin on Saturday, September 5th 2015.

Candle-lit vigil at Cobh harbour, Co. Cork

Cobh harbour, where just four generations ago, coffin ships departed carrying Irish emigrants escaping the Great Famine

On September 13th 2015, people of Cobh held a candlelit vigil to remember the thousands of refugees who have lost their lives at sea and the suffering of those fleeing conflict in Syria and Iraq.  A commemorative wreath was launched into the Atlantic Ocean bearing the Syrian, Iraqi and Irish flags.

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Spelling out Refugees Welcome on Sandymount Strand

600 people gathered on Sandymount Strand in Dublin, on Sunday 13th September 2015, to spell out Ireland's huge welcome to refugees. Photo Credit: Steve Kingston

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