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Refugee crisis

Since the start of 2015, almost 7000 people have died attempting to reach Europe by sea. This is both a humanitarian crisis and a crisis of humanity.

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

What you can do - Donate today

Please help families affected by the refugee crisis.
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

Working with Refugees

We are responding to the growing needs of extremely vulnerable refugees. In Serbia and Greece we are helping to provide emergency aid to over 130,000 refugees. Refugees are being provided with sleeping bags, raincoats, hygiene kits, health services and psychosocial support.

Refugees in Kanjiza, Serbia

Syrian refugee, Obama (8), with her sisters, Joud (6 months) and Rouya (2) inside Vasariste refugee aid station in the Serbian border town of Kanjiza. Thanks to your support, doctors and translators working with Caritas Internationalis are providing medical services and information. Over 4,000 refugees pass through Vasariste daily on their way to other European countries. Photo credit: Kira Horvath, Catholic Relief Services

In Syria, because of a brutal war, over 7.6 million people have been forced to abandon their homes and a further 4.1 million Syrian people have become refugees in neighbouring countries. Jordan and Lebanon are hosting 1.75 million Syrian refugees.

Trócaire is also working in Syria and Iraq, and in Jordan and Lebanon. We are providing food, shelter, clean water and other basic needs and we have reached over 140,000 Syrian refugees to date. Read more about our humanitarian work in Syria and the Middle East.

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: or telephone: 01 6549122

– or fundraise online using our JustGiving page:

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

Learn more

Trócaire's Policy briefing paper: European Migration Crisis: Failing Policies, Fatal Journeys

Learn more about our humanitarian work in Syria and the Middle East.

Check out our great new infographic full of facts, figures and exercises for use in primary and post-primary classroom on the refugee crisis. Download the infographic: 'Forced to Flee: Exploring the Refugee Crisis'

Forced to flee infographic


Watch the video 'Does charity begin at home?'

In September 2015, we dropped into Dublin City Centre to get people's views on the refugees crisis and ask them if they think charity begins at home. Here's what people had to say:

Latest updates on the refugee crisis