EU Reaffirms Commitment to Support Refugees Worldwide on World Refugee Day

Human Rights, World News

On World Refugee Day, the European Union (EU) reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to supporting refugees worldwide, as a record more than 120 million people are forcibly displaced around the globe. The EU pledged to strengthen its efforts in ensuring a safe haven for those fleeing conflicts and major humanitarian crises, such as those in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Venezuela, Yemen, Sudan, Chad, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The EU also expressed its commitment to the right to seek and enjoy asylum and the principle of non-refoulement, as enshrined in both the 1951 Refugee Convention and in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The EU’s focus is on providing durable solutions for refugees and the communities hosting them, working alongside national and local authorities. Since 2015, EU resettlement schemes have provided safe haven to over 122,000 vulnerable refugees.

Furthermore, the EU supports governments in addressing statelessness and strengthening their asylum systems. The Pact on Migration and Asylum, recently entered into force, reflects a comprehensive and whole-of-route approach to migration management. The EU and its Member States have pledged 61,000 resettlement and humanitarian admissions for 2024-2025 at the 2023 Global Refugee Forum.

The EU reiterated its strong support to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which both play a crucial role in addressing the needs and resilience of refugees. The EU will continue to work closely with international partners on resettlement and complementary pathways to scale up admission places from priority regions.