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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. ‪#‎refugeeswelcome‬

What you can do - Donate today

Please help refugee families to rebuild their futures.
To donate by telephone call 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI).

Donation type

Key Facts

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

How your donation can make a difference

Your support can help refugee families to rebuild their futures.

Some have escaped bombs, shelling, daily violence and lawlessness by fleeing across borders and the sea. Others have sought safety in countries around the Middle East. All arrive with little more than the clothes they stand in. Many are traumatised and need practical help, love and compassion.

Your donation today will provide urgently needed food, shelter, clothes, medical and psychological care.

You will help mothers like Fatima from Syria, who are being supported in a shelter for refugees in Athens, by Trócaire’s sister agency Caritas Greece.

Fatima said, “My family was in danger, we were very afraid. So we had no choice but to flee in the night with our baby boy."

"We went to Damascus but after a year we fled again, there was so much war, planes and bombs. We couldn’t live there, so we left for Turkey and then Greece. I’ve lost everything. I hope we’ll get to go back one day”.

Trócaire's work with refugees

Over half of the population of Syria is displaced. 4.4 million Syrians are being hosted as refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt.

Lebanon, which is half the size of Munster, hosts as many as 1.5 million refugees from Syria, in addition to an estimated 280,000 Palestinian refugees who are already living in Lebanon.

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. 

We are 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 EU governments.