How you can help refugees: 5 things you can do right now

If European leaders do not want to raise the quotas of refugees accepted in Europe, more people will die in their desperation to flee persecution and reach safety.

Here are some of the ways you can help at home – You can also read our blog post about great long term initiatives that helps refugees integrate their new country.

Giving back a smile on Refugees faces Photo Credit MOAS.eu Jason Floro
Giving back a smile on Refugees faces Photo Credit MOAS.eu Jason Floro

1. Sign an online petition
The first thing that needs to happen is for quota from each country to be raised. Tell your governments you disagree with their conservative numbers by signing a petition.

2. Make a donation
Give money to one of these non-governmental organisation (NGO) that have been working with refugees from the beginning.

  • Migrant Offshore Aid Station: dedicated to preventing migrant deaths at sea. This is the first and most imminent need.
  • The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR): providing water, mosquito nets, tents, healthcare. It is important people feel secure and are provided with a shelter for their families.
  • Red Cross Europe: providing emergency health services at central train stations. Many suffer from illness and sickness provoked by the hardship of life as a refugee.
  • Refugee Action: advice about claiming asylum, the asylum process, asylum support. It is important for refugees not only to feel safe and in health but to believe in a brighter tomorrow and be granted civil rights in a country to move forward. This is what Migreat does by providing information on immigration and people at Refugee Action go the step further.

3. Volunteer, offers good or collect for these organisation

  • Offer shelter to a Syrian refugee in your own house: http://www.tenthousandhomes.org.uk/3.html
  • Volunteer to provide care and health services with Doctors of the World
  • Volunteer at Migreat.com to translate paralegal content in Arabic and French.
  • Put #RefugeesWelcome banners at football matches
  • Support WatchTheMed: A network of volunteers are helping migrants/refugees at sea in the Mediterranean. When Migrants are in distress, they can send a mobile phone alert and the charity track their movements on the map and send a warning to the closest authorities: http://watchthemed.net/
  • Send books to Calais for the makeshift Jungle Library
  • Teach English and help refugees find a house with Avaaz.org.

4. Vote with awareness of what is happening

Stay informed about immigration policies of your country at all times by  subscribing to Migreat newsletter, and agree or disagree if they are making sense to you and protect migrants from abuse. Migrants for most have no right to vote. Don’t forget this.

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Read more on the refugee crisis and its latest news by clicking on the EU refugee crisis tag.

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