ALDE Press Release: EU action plan urgently needed to ease catastrophic Syrian refugee crisis

Marietje
For the last two years, the international community has stood by as Syrians are increasingly being crushed between the brutal actions of the Assad regime and extremist groups. There are now seven million Syrians that rely on aid. 4,5 million Syrians are internally displaced and the amount of refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan is expected to rise to 3,5 million in the coming months. The European Parliament, on the initiative of Marietje Schaake (D66, Netherlands), adopted a resolution today on the urgent humanitarian crisis and how to deal with Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.
For the last two years, the international community has stood by as Syrians are increasingly being crushed between the brutal actions of the Assad regime and extremist groups. There are now seven million Syrians that rely on aid. 4,5 million Syrians are internally displaced and the amount of refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan is expected to rise to 3,5 million in the coming months. The European Parliament, on the initiative of Marietje Schaake (D66, Netherlands), adopted a resolution today on the urgent humanitarian crisis and how to deal with Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. She said "While we have been unable to end the violence thus far, we must do what we can to deal with the humanitarian crisis. These refugees, mostly women and children, need basic help: food, water, shelter, medicine. Girls and women are specifically vulnerable. We receive horrible reports of rape, and also the selling or marrying off of young girls. " Schaake calls for a regional emergency action plan consisting of three key elements: more money is needed to provide basic relief and support, secondly the infrastructure of the host-nations must be strengthened to help them accommodate the continuing flow of refugees and lastly, the EU should grant the host-nations favourable loans. She continued: "The EU needs to make a long term plan and we must prepare to free up a lot more in emergency aid. Jordan and Lebanon in particular need our help, and we must also ensure that refugees that are in the EU are treated well. " In conclusion "While the international community looks for a political solution, the violence continues and the death toll continues to rise. The international community should not make promises and then do nothing. We will lose the trust of the moderate Syrian opposition and at the same time allow Assad to remain in control or extremist groups to exploit the vacuum of foreign assistance.”