EU launches support refugee campaign to mark Refugee Day

BRUSSELS, June 19 (KUNA) — The EU urged Sunday for a global response to deal with the refugee crisis with an estimated 60 million persons forcibly displaced in the world – as refugees, asylum seekers, migrants or internally displaced persons.
“Providing support and protection for refugees and effectively managing migration is a challenge, which requires a global response,” said an EU statement released to mark World Refugee Day which falls on Monday.
“World Refugee Day commemorates the plight of these men, women and children. It is for this reason that we are launching the #SupportRefugees campaign, with the aim to raise awareness of their situation and to demonstrate how the European Union provides tangible help,” noted the statement. It stressed that the “EU has not and will not turn a blind eye to this crisis and we will continue to share in the global efforts to address it.” The EU’s humanitarian response has helped millions affected by the crisis in Syria: and provided over 6 billion euro and the 28-member bloc will continue to pledge financial support to displaced Syrians inside and outside their country, it said.
Overall, more than 10 billion euro of the EU budget for the years 2015 and 2016 has been allocated to address the refugee crisis within the EU and in third countries, it added.
The joint statement was issued by Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative, Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, and Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. (end) nk.ibi