Conflict, violence and persecution are forcing more and more people to flee their homes. Most of them stay in their own country or flee to neighboring countries, not Europe.
Even though fewer people now seek safety in Europe, too many are still tragically dying at sea in search of a new future. Pushbacks and abuses at land borders also continue and many people seeking protection cannot enter Europe.
The European Union (EU) can play a leading role in protecting refugees in Europe and abroad, including by supporting the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees. This new global deal will help provide stronger support for the countries where most refugees live. It also encourages sharing more fairly the responsibility of helping those who are forced to flee their country and seek refuge elsewhere.
With a common response, EU countries can securely and humanely manage arrivals of people in a way that works for both refugees and the communities that host them. By supporting countries outside of Europe, the EU can also reduce dangerous journeys and help find long-term opportunities for refugees to thrive and not just survive.
Find out more on UNHCR’s seven key calls to the European Parliament candidates in your local EU language here: