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DRC opens office in Brussels at a time of crisis and potential

DRC opens a representation office in Brussels to increase advocacy efforts at the international level at a critical time where the global displacement crisis is worsening, the humanitarian resources are inadequate and the willingness to deliver on our responsibility to provide protection is eroding across Europe, but, also at a time of growing international recognition of the need to find solutions.
 
 

23.10.2016

Internationally, the combination of a number of factors contributes to a serious and worsening displacement crisis. An increasing number of conflicts, protracted displacement, poverty, population growth and climate changes have caused a record number of 65.3 million refugees and internally displaced and increasing flows of mixed migration. The response is limited by inadequate humanitarian capacity and erosion of basic human rights, lack of political solidarity, responsibility and leadership across Europe.

“We have experienced a somewhat paradoxical development where high-level events like the World Humanitarian Summit and UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants did indeed reveal an increasing awareness of the severity of the crisis. However, at the same time UN humanitarian appeals are too often underfunded and EU externalize protection responsibilities while member-states are competing to escape responsibility by reducing the rights and protection of asylum seekers – we are here to seize opportunities for international solutions and to fight counter-constructive measures,” says General Secretary for DRC, Andreas Kamm.

DRC is covering the full circle of displacement – countries in conflict like Syria and Iraq, hosting countries like Lebanon and Turkey and transit countries like Libya and Greece as well as Denmark.

“This is indeed a global challenge. The men, women and children fleeing the war in Syria are the same people suffering in Libya, risking their lives in the Mediterranean and witness their access and fundamental rights deteriorating in Europe. The complexity of the challenges at hand cannot be addressed individually without solidarity. We need to see some serious political vision and leadership at the European and global level,” says Andreas Kamm.

The opening event of the DRC Representation office in Brussels will include a debate on EU response to the global displacement crisis at the international and European level.

DRC opens a representation office in Brussels to increase advocacy efforts at the international level at a critical time where the global displacement crisis is worsening, the humanitarian resources are inadequate and the willingness to deliver on our responsibility to provide protection is eroding across Europe, but, also at a time of growing international recognition of the need to find solutions.

View the programme of the opening here