It brings the total value of our cash and food aid since the Refugee Crisis started in January 1980 to approximately £9·7 million.
The Refugee Crisis and the human suffering will be worse.
As the Refugee Crisis in Iraq developed, it became increasingly clear that aircraft were the only practicable way of moving relief supplies rapidly to the areas of real need.
If the western world is to begin to cope with the Refugee Crisis, however, with the flood of refugees in Asia and Africa, the resources of the UNHCR must be increased.
The British Government's response to the Refugee Crisis in Iraq has been swift, decisive, and effective.
As the report is merely a short initial report, it seeks to do no more than to make observations and raise questions which we hope will help the House when it examines some of the enormous and awesome issues raised by the Iraqi Refugee Crisis and associated upheavals in the world.
The Select Committee's third observation is that the Great Refugee Crisis has placed a huge strain on the Overseas Development Administration.
The Select Committee highlights the problems of the Refugee Crisis.
Although the first stage of the Refugee Crisis is over, the long-term future of the Kurds and Shi'ites remains to be settled.
Some organisations may be well meaning but irresponsible, but will he confirm the following: that ALERT has wide experience in the Refugee Crisis; that this was the sixth such mission it had made and the first on which there were any problems; that it had recently been commended by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the responsibility of its conduct; and that it had secured places for all 180 people in this country before setting off?
For the sake of brevity - as a number of colleagues wish to speak - I begin by asking the Minister several questions relating to the Refugee Crisis.
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent additional emergency steps have been taken by Her Majesty's Government to assist in the Refugee Crisis in Rwanda.
Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the total value of aid given for humanitarian relief that has been spent (a) in Rwanda and (b) in each of the neighbouring countries since the Refugee Crisis began in April.
We were warned of millions dying in the winter and of a Refugee Crisis that could sweep across western Europe.
They also said that the increasingly poor handling of the Refugee Crisis had exacerbated the simmering conflict in the area, with predictable consequences.
With the recent apparent easing of the Refugee Crisis, would it be sensible to send troops in?
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet representatives of the United Nations to discuss the Refugee Crisis in Zaire.
My hon. Friend may wish to join me in paying tribute to the Canberra, which has provided such valuable information on the Refugee Crisis in that part of the world.
The real burden of the world's Refugee Crisis falls not on western Europe but on Mexico, Jordan, India and on other countries that are near to places where there has been great civil strife or which have Governments who are deeply oppressive towards their own people.
It is important to understand that, in seeking solutions to the Refugee Crisis in Bosnia, we are seeking solutions for Muslim and Serb refugees alike.
In the event of a Refugee Crisis, any Kurds attempting to flee to another country would once again have only Iran to turn to.
Is the Prime Minister aware that, whatever the legality or morality of the war that has been launched against Yugoslavia, the bombing has gravely worsened the Refugee Crisis, quite apart from the ethnic cleansing, which, as he said, has gone on for some time?
First let us be clear where the responsibility for the Refugee Crisis lies.
Will the right hon. Lady say to what extent her Department had by that date already prepared an action plan to meet the Refugee Crisis that would inevitably follow?
I hope that, in the next few days, some of them will be engaged in helping with the Refugee Crisis.
We were under no restrictions as we talked to the people about the Refugee Crisis and the bombing.
In fairness, the Refugee Crisis could not have been properly estimated.
Those who say that the international community should have built up its ground forces and foreseen the scale of the Refugee Crisis do so with the benefit of hindsight.
We failed to foresee the nature and extent of the Refugee Crisis and underestimated the scale of military effort that would be needed to secure Milosevic's co-operation.
I met the Presidents of Albania and Macedonia, and pledged Britain's support for them in dealing with the Refugee Crisis that Milosevic's repression has created.
The country is having to bear the cost of the transport, policing and many other aspects of the Refugee Crisis, yet it has less income than before the crisis.
Does my hon. Friend welcome the doubling of funds by the British Government to help to meet the costs of the Refugee Crisis?
In Albania and Macedonia UK forces have played a key role in alleviating the Refugee Crisis.
It would be impossible to handle the Refugee Crisis or to plan for the future without making Albania or Macedonia a key part of the process.
Massive financial problems face the international community in dealing with the Refugee Crisis.
Clare Short: The World Health Organisation, the lead agency for medical supplies and assistance, have recently audited the provision of drugs to Albania during the Refugee Crisis.
In response to the Refugee Crisis we spent some £39 million in direct operations and in support of agency interventions in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro.
Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures the Government have taken to assist in the relief of the Refugee Crisis in Chechnya.
We should not duck the facts: this continent is experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis since the second world war.
4 million to UNHCR's programmes in Kosovo and neighbouring countries during and after the Refugee Crisis in 1999–2000.
When the Refugee Crisis blew up, international aid agencies poured in to offer humanitarian support, but they paid far more than the local going rate, so all the drivers from the local NGO were taken away.
We have also sent a career diplomat to Conakry to strengthen the bilateral relationship and to ensure that our response to the Refugee Crisis is effective and well-targeted.
No arrangements can be made with a Government who had already created a Dire Refugee Crisis before II September and who regularly hijack what little aid can get into the country to feed their troops.
Will he also undertake to ensure that the money allocated to the Refugee Crisis is spent to ensure that the camps meet as closely as possible internationally agreed standards and respect for basic human rights and that if possible no one country should bear a disproportionate responsibility for housing them?
The Government have announced emergency funds to cope with the Refugee Crisis.
We know that the Refugee Crisis - 4.
We face the most miserable Refugee Crisis in history.
Who would have thought that such care would be taken to work with Pakistan and Iraq in helping with the long-established Refugee Crisis?
The awful truth is that, before11 September, Afghanistan already had the Worst Refugee Crisis in the world, with 4 million refugees in the region and more than 1 million internally displaced.
The Refugee Crisis is here and now.
There is a real need to get food to the people in their villages to prevent them from fleeing their homes and adding to the Refugee Crisis.
No arrangements can be made with a Government who had already created a Dire Refugee Crisis before11 September and who regularly hijack what little aid can get into the country to feed their troops.
indeed, the Refugee Crisis in north-western Tanzania would be exacerbated if the conflict took root.
As the Secretary of State will be aware, peace in the Congo is vital to the stability of Rwanda and Uganda; indeed, the Refugee Crisis in north-western Tanzania would be exacerbated if the conflict took root.
We must not forget the contribution that Iran has made, both in the Refugee Crisis and on previous occasions.
The Refugee Crisis is improving.
After Europe's Biggest Refugee Crisis since the Second World War, most refugees have now returned in large numbers and in safety.
The issue in question is justice for the Palestinians, as well as a viable state of Palestine, within the borders broadly laid down under resolution 242 in 1967, with its own capital, and not just an end to settlements but a removal of settlements and a solution to the Refugee Crisis.
They have also warned of the possibility of a Major Refugee Crisis.
Neither has there been a Refugee Crisis nor, so far, a massive spate of revenge killings.
Will they move to give urgent aid to the authorities in neighbouring Chad to help deal with the growing Refugee Crisis as a result of events in Sudan?
A focus on aid is necessary, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in particular is making a plea now for this Government to work more closely with their counterparts in Liberia, from where the Refugee Crisis emanates, to help to eradicate these health problems.
The UN agencies and NGOs are preparing for even bigger numbers in what the International Rescue Committee calls, "a Refugee Crisis of historic proportions".
In short, the conflict has created the Worst Refugee Crisis in the Middle East since 1948.
The Middle East faces the Worst Refugee Crisis since 1948.
The Middle East faces the worst Refugee Crisis since 1948.
Are we doing enough in This Refugee Crisis?
The war created the Worst Refugee Crisis in the Middle East since 1948.
We are sending out technical experts to advise us on what is necessary, but I think that there is a real job for the European Union to work together and make sure that the situation does not turn, as my hon. Friend suggests, into a Refugee Crisis.
In Misrata, we have a Refugee Crisis.
My Lords, I understand that my noble friend the Minister has some sympathy with Bangladesh and its management of the vast numbers of refugees entering that country and no doubt she will continue to pressure Bangladesh for a proper solution and an international response to the Refugee Crisis.
On top of the Refugee Crisis, there have been reports of clashes on the Iraqi border and in Lebanon.
Will the Secretary of State outline what aid has already been granted by her Government to help the Refugee Crisis in Syria?
After these signs of hope, I turn to more traditional themes: Israel/Palestine and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
In fact, at this moment an ICAI commissioner, Mark Foster, formerly head of Accenture, and a group of assessors are in Jordan and the Lebanon looking at the Refugee Crisis for a report for DfID.
The death toll has now reached 80,000 people, and the Refugee Crisis is intensifying, with more than 1.
The Refugee Crisis in the region is enormous as a result of that war and the Syrian war.
We saw the comprehensive and systematic demolition of Falluja, the US-led massacres at Haditha, Mahmudiya and Balad, and the Biggest Refugee Crisis in the middle east since the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948.
In the short term, the Refugee Crisis is likely to worsen, as the government forces appear to have a new momentum after Qusair.
Neighbouring countries are struggling with the Refugee Crisis.
This is causing a Real Refugee Crisis for the neighbours.
The United Nations reports that the Refugee Crisis in Syria is the worst since that in Rwanda, and that 6,000 people - over half of them children - are fleeing the country every day.
There is already a Serious Refugee Crisis, as we heard from the noble Lord, Lord Robertson, and we face the possibility of the conflict spreading to neighbouring countries with all the instability for the region that that entails.
This is the Refugee Crisis of our time.
The Prime Minister rightly noted in his statement that the situation in Syria has created the Refugee Crisis of our time.
The UK is now providing £69 million to help Lebanon cope with the Refugee Crisis.
As the Foreign Secretary may have seen, the chairman of the Charity Commission has said that money intended to ease the Refugee Crisis was “undoubtedly” going to extremist groups.
This Refugee Crisis is the greatest since that in Rwanda and the Secretary of State has our support in trying to get aid to those civilians, including 1 million refugee children.
The Foreign Secretary has referred to the large amounts of aid given by the UK and the Us to help the humanitarian Refugee Crisis in the middle east, but in a recent meeting the Jordanian interior Minister contrasted the amount committed by the UK and the Us to the amount actually delivered on the ground.
It is the Worst Refugee Crisis in 20 years, and we have seen nothing like it since Rwanda in 1994.
Can my noble friend please outline what discussions we are having with our EU partners about responses to This Refugee Crisis and why the UK is not able to accommodate some refugees as Germany has?
Last week, at a meeting in this building, a representative of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights described the situation in Syria as probably the Worst Refugee Crisis since the second world war.
I do not believe that we can solve a Refugee Crisis of this scale, with almost half of Syria's population of 9 million either displaced or at risk of displacement, with a quota system by which countries are taking a few hundreds refugees.
Will she return to the need for efficiency in dealing with the Refugee Crisis?
Last week the Prime Minister was clear that given the scale of the Current Refugee Crisis, with more than 11 million Syrians in dire need of humanitarian aid, the greatest need is in the region - that is where we can make the deepest impact.
It is also a concrete and important gesture of solidarity and burden sharing with the countries neighbouring Syria as they continue to bear the brunt of the Refugee Crisis.
As the Home Secretary pointed out in her excellent speech, the only meaningful solution to the Refugee Crisis - the only way in which to secure a better future for countless innocent Syrians - is a political solution.
Of course in Any Refugee Crisis, if somebody's suffering can be alleviated nearer home, it is always better to do that than displacing them to a country further away.
My Lords, the Refugee Crisis is now in its third year, and certainly we are in it for the long term.
It is important to recognise the impact the Refugee Crisis is having on the host communities, which is why we are working with partners to ensure that host community needs are incorporated into all programmes.
We must continue to extend our hand of friendship to those who are affected and to support those countries in the surrounding areas which are bearing the brunt of the ensuing Refugee Crisis.
Jordan is a relatively small country with a population, before the Refugee Crisis, of some 6.
In contrast to Syria's neighbours, Europe has been relatively unaffected by the Refugee Crisis.
The scheme was necessary for the following reasons: first, because some refugees simply cannot adequately be resettled in the region because of their particular vulnerability, as recognised by the name of the scheme; secondly, because, as Roland Schilling hinted at in the quote I read out, there is an acute need to show political solidarity with the countries most affected by the Refugee Crisis - if we are going to argue that they must keep open their borders so that refugees have a chance at life, we must do something to demonstrate our equal commitment; and thirdly, because if we do not provide safe routes for refugees to travel, they will find unsafe routes, as we are already seeing.
The one time that this country was asked to respond to the Biggest Refugee Crisis in Europe was in 1939-40 and we failed to respond.
The Refugee Crisis now is colossal.
Secondly, as has already been pointed out, Turkey is facing a Major Refugee Crisis, and its impact should not be underestimated.
The scale of the Refugee Crisis, particularly as it affects Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, is extremely serious; I saw that for myself while serving as Foreign Secretary.
This is now the Worst Refugee Crisis since World War II.
This is the Worst Refugee Crisis since the second world war.
We know that the Minister has the scheme that he has outlined - it is the subject of this Urgent Question - and that Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey are doing an enormous amount to help in the Refugee Crisis, but what more can the Government do to put pressure on other Governments in the region, such as the Gulf states, to open their doors to more refugees from Syria?
Does that not underpin the critical importance of not reducing sea rescue efforts in the Mediterranean, while we work to find solutions to the Refugee Crisis that has engulfed so much of the world?
The Secretary of State will be aware that the Refugee Crisis in Syria, involving 10 million refugees, is probably the worst in our lifetime, yet this Government's programme has taken in only 90 refugees in the past year.
I agree it is important that we play our role in the Refugee Crisis and provide refuge to people affected by it, which is precisely what we are doing.
We know the scale of the Refugee Crisis for the Syrian people; thousands have been taken in by other wealthy countries while we have only taken in hundreds.
My Lords, we also have to focus on the host nations that are dealing with This Refugee Crisis, particularly in the region as a whole.
In a Refugee Crisis of this scale, which runs into millions of people, the idea that even a small part of the solution is for our country to take in hundreds or thousands is completely wrong.
The Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean is an issue not just for Malta or Italy, or Libya or Syria for that matter; it is an issue for us all, and I am delighted that Members from every party across this House have mentioned that.
In recent months, the Refugee Crisis has been manifested in the Mediterranean by the vast numbers seeking to reach Europe by sea from Libya.
During the pre-election period, the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean escalated significantly and HMs Bulwark was redeployed- I am sure that all of us in this Chamber would pay tribute to the service personnel.
The fact of the matter is that the whole of the middle east region is in a very dangerous situation, whether that be through further threats to countries such as Jordan or Lebanon, the Refugee Crisis going into Turkey or Is possibly infringing on a NATO country such as Turkey.
Frontex has said that the main cause of the increase in boats is the situation in Syria, which has caused the Worst Refugee Crisis since the second world war.
Given the extent of the Refugee Crisis that has been unfolding in Lebanon and Jordan since Parliament last met, does he accept that we need to continue as a country, together with others, to properly support those countries when dealing with refugees, because under-resourced and ill-run refugee camps can become a breeding ground for extremists?
There is a Refugee Crisis around the world that has to be addressed very quickly.
What worries some of us is that the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean is not in the same category - it looks insoluble.
We have a programme for resettling particularly vulnerable families, but if he thinks that the answer to a Refugee Crisis of tens of millions of people is a resettlement programme, he is completely wrong.
As he rightly points out, we are facing the Worst Refugee Crisis since the war.
We want to see a positive case not just for remaining a part of that Union, but for looking at where we could work together more closely, for example, on security, on dealing with the Worst Refugee Crisis since the second world war in the Mediterranean, on climate change, which we were all lobbied about yesterday, or on creating a more socially just Europe.
The Refugee Crisis in Syria is now the biggest mass movement of people since the Second World War.
The Secretary of State makes a fair point about the work of humanitarian organisations in the theatre - we all applaud that - but does she realise we are facing the Worst Refugee Crisis since the war and that the UK response has been described as paling in comparison with that of other EU countries?
We know that we face threats that are varied and ever changing - from instability in eastern Europe and uncertain economic events unfolding in Athens, to the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean, people fleeing conflicts in failed states and a region still recovering from the outbreak of Ebola.
Finally, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has said: “European countries must shoulder their fair share in responding to the Refugee Crisis, at home and abroad”, and that: “To deny that responsibility is to threaten the very building blocks of the humanitarian system Europe worked so hard to build”.
As the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Harries, said, we must begin to establish the values that should guide our response to a Refugee Crisis fuelled by climate change, political unrest and conflict.
The Secretary of State rightly acknowledged that the situation in Calais is closely linked with the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean.
I would first like to ask about the Refugee Crisis.
I thank the Prime Minister for his statement and I shall start by asking about the Refugee Crisis.
There is a connection between what happens on the ground in Syria militarily and This Refugee Crisis.
The British people are indeed, as the Prime Minister said, a generous people, and they will find his proposal for taking 4,000 Syrian refugees a year derisory, but above all, long after This Refugee Crisis is no longer on the front pages, there will be a need for a sustainable, Europe-wide strategy.
Constraints mean that I will have to park questions about the deployment of lethal force against a UK citizen in order to address the Refugee Crisis.
Now that the Prime Minister has properly recognised the present situation as a Refugee Crisis, will he give us an assurance that he and all his Ministers in the Government will give the necessary leadership to ensure that we keep the nation together in our actions to deal with it, and that they will not allow anyone to use it to divide us for political gain?
The Prime Minister has made repeated reference to how much effort this country has put into dealing with the Refugee Crisis over the past months, but back in June my hon. Friendthe Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire) tabled an early-day motion on Operation Mare Nostrum.
In the light of the Prime Minister's statement, I rise to propose that the House debate a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration - namely the Refugee Crisis in Europe.
I think that we are all grateful that we will have an extra three hours to debate the Refugee Crisis, but the Labour party knew that the Scottish National party was giving our Opposition day to discuss the crisis, and it knew that because it requested us to make the whole day about the crisis.
Mr Speaker, will you confirm that on Wednesday it will still be in order for the Scottish National party to table a cross-party motion to agree to debate the Refugee Crisis on a substantive issue, and that we should stop playing games with something so important, because it is more important than any feature of the Labour leadership contest?
We talked today about the Refugee Crisis, and that is certainly an area in which we could be working more closely with our European partners, as was well debated today.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to tackle the Refugee Crisis affecting Europe.
I beg to move, That this House has considered the Refugee Crisis in Europe.
Does she agree that, as in the title of the debate, This Refugee Crisis goes beyond Syria and affects people fleeing many terrible situations in countries including Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq?
In addition, does she agree that some countries on the fringes of Europe are now at breaking point as they struggle to deal with being on the front line of the Worst Refugee Crisis for decades?
We have benefited in the past from being an island that is separate from the rest of Europe and perhaps we have not experienced a Refugee Crisis, although many people were forced to leave my country of Scotland as a result of the clearances, people had to leave Ireland as a result of the potato famine, and people have had to leave England and Wales as a result of extreme poverty.
This Refugee Crisis has been caused by an out-of-control war and civil war in Syria and Iraq, which is displacing millions of people.
Let me first offer my apologies, Mr Speaker, for having to leave the Chamber immediately after my speech; we are interviewing the mayor of Calais about the Refugee Crisis.
The International Development Committee met this morning and agreed to undertake an urgent inquiry into DFID aspects of the Refugee Crisis.
The news we read, the images we see and the stories we hear of the Refugee Crisis are, all too often, heartbreaking.
However, having listened to the Prime Minister's statement yesterday, when he attempted to muddy the waters and conflate the Refugee Crisis with counter-terrorism, I am not entirely sure that he shares that same ethos of solidarity.
The Refugee Crisis is not just in Europe, and the cause of the crisis is not in Europe.
The fact is that the United Nations has been absolutely clear that this is a Refugee Crisis and it very likely the majority of people at Calais are refugees.
May I ask the Prime Minister about the Refugee Crisis?
The Refugee Crisis presents a daunting problem that we are all striving to tackle, but we also have to address the underlying causes, which are conflict, global inequality and poverty.
Can the Prime Minister tell the House whether he thinks he has led public opinion on the Refugee Crisis or followed it?
First, we should be very clear about who is responsible for the Refugee Crisis in Syria.
This is the Biggest Refugee Crisis in Europe, if not the world, since the second world war.
Even today, we heard the President of the European Commission talking about the need for stepped-up EU activity to address the wider root causes of the Refugee Crisis by fighting poverty, improving governance and helping to support sustainable growth.
I know that this is not necessarily within the scope of this debate, but do we not need to begin thinking not only about the scale of the Refugee Crisis - the humanitarian crisis that we need to address - but in Marshall plan terms, to do for Syria what we failed to do in Libya, where we spent 13 times more on bombing it than we did on winning the peace, and indeed we failed to do in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Secondly, while understanding the priority given to Syria where the Refugee Crisis is worse than anywhere else, the Government are wrong and illogical to limit the relief simply to those who are refugees in Syria.
That has been singularly lacking, and that is one of the roots of the Refugee Crisis.
It was true to their character then and the response to today's Refugee Crisis is true to their character today.
7% commitment to international aid is about conflict prevention, to make sure that the Refugee Crisis does not get worse in the years to come.
Perhaps the Government would take up the point that rather than replacing Trident on the Clyde with £500 million, they should send that money to deal with some of the Refugee Crisis issues that we are facing.
On that note, I wish to make a practical suggestion that I believe would make a real difference to this nation's handling of the Refugee Crisis.
Contrary to the attempts bythe hon. Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) and others to misrepresent it, people need to recognise that the motion clearly listened to the points that many Government Members made in yesterday's debate, when they said that in all the focus on the Refugee Crisis as it is manifesting itself in Europe we should not forget the refugee crisis in the camps in some of the countries surrounding Syria or the significant commitment that the Government are making to the efforts to support people affected by conflict in Syria and elsewhere.
The world must respond not only to the immediacy of the Refugee Crisis, but to the wider lessons about the inadequacy.
I worked in Albania from 1992, which was years before the Refugee Crisis, and got to see at first hand a country being impacted by refugees when the Kosovan war broke out.
The hon. Lady has cited countries such as Turkey that are doing such a lot to help with the Refugee Crisis, but does she accept that the £900 million in aid the UK has given is helping those countries do exactly that?
As we have heard, with the Biggest Refugee Crisis since the Second World War and conflict in many parts of the world, it is right to ask and debate the question, “What is the UN for?
Over the summer, we have all been depressed by the Refugee Crisis across north Africa and the middle east.
The hon. Member for Gravesham (Mr Holloway) has uncovered a new angle on the Refugee Crisis.
The House has been at its best this week in discussing the Refugee Crisis.
In the light of the magnitude of the Current Refugee Crisis, people will be making it clear this weekend that they want to provide a warm welcome for refugees, with rallies and vigils, including in my constituency of York Central.
Yashika brought to the attention of all of us the individual humanity of the issue, which recent debates have also highlighted; she humanised the plight of thousands of detainees each year and reminded us of the issue that has run through previous debates about the Refugee Crisis, not least this week and in the past week or so, and will run through this one - our core value of human dignity.
The Current Refugee Crisis in Europe makes the debate on immigration detention particularly relevant, as the majority of people in detention centres are those who have sought asylum in the UK.
Is there any sense of what might be cut from the development budget to make up for domestic issues that might emerge as a result of the Refugee Crisis?
It has always been the case that the first-year costs of resettling refugees can come from ODA, and provided that that has not changed, I am reassured, but that will almost certainly be one of the items that the Select Committee considers as part of our immediate inquiry into the Refugee Crisis.
During the statement on the Refugee Crisis, the Prime Minister signalled a significant reshaping of “the way we use our aid budget to serve our national interest.
Members of the House would be forgiven, given the enormity of the Refugee Crisis, for being unaware that Tuesday was International Literacy Day.
5 metres, displacing more than 100 million people and dwarfing the current tragic Refugee Crisis.
The Immediate Refugee Crisis can be tackled only by effective, co-ordinated EU and international action supported by much-needed resources.
We cannot say that we got involved because we wanted to avoid a Refugee Crisis, because it was the fighting that produced that crisis.
Five days ago, Arwa Damon, a journalist covering the Refugee Crisis for CNN, wrote: “Some assignments fill you w/such sorrow U can't imagine genuinely laughing again”.
], as he set out a staggeringly inadequate response to the Refugee Crisis, and then threw in news of drone attacks on individual UK citizens in Syria.
I thank the Home Secretary for updating the House on the Refugee Crisis and welcome the further measures she has announced today.
Last week we had a number of discussions on this whole question, including three in the Chamber on various aspects of the Refugee Crisis and, indeed, migration.
We must address the push factors behind the Refugee Crisis, one of which is that individuals have been targeted, attacked and killed for their religion or beliefs, and their very identity is putting them at risk in their own country.
Have the Government received any specific request for financial help from the Welsh Government to enable them to respond to the Refugee Crisis?
Our debate yesterday on the Refugee Crisis, as people flee from war-torn and unstable regimes, underlined the importance of the global commitment to development.
Lastly, as we go on the conference recess, the Leader of the House needs to promise that if there are any developments in the great international issues, such as the Refugee Crisis and the Conservatives' desire to push us further towards conflict in Syria, he will recall this House, even if it might disrupt the eight Liberal Democrats.
What progress the Government have made on their response to the Refugee Crisis.
Today, the former head of the Supreme Court, three Law Lords, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, five retired Court of Appeal judges, a president of the European Court of Human Rights and 100 QCs who represent the Government have described the Home Secretary's response to the Refugee Crisis as “deeply inadequate”.
The failure to develop and then implement an effective strategy on Syria left this conflict free to create a horrendous European Refugee Crisis and provide a haven for the barbarism of ISIs to take root, allowed chemical weapons to be used unchallenged and even emboldened Russia.
Does he have any indication of how many of that 20,000 he expects, let us say, within the next nine months, which will be a critical time given where we are in the Refugee Crisis?
Finally, we must listen to the hugely influential legal figures who told us yesterday that the Government have got it wrong on the Refugee Crisis.
The Refugee Crisis is showing no sign of slowing down and not one of the Bill's 56 clauses looks at finding a solution or easing the pressure on Europe's borders.
I do not agree with what they say, because they give no credit to the Government for what they have done to try to help to deal with the Refugee Crisis.
I worry that images of the distraught and the dying are becoming so regular that they no longer convey the absolute horror of the Refugee Crisis.
On what we are doing in support of the Refugee Crisis, I know that he and his colleagues think that the UK should do more and accept more than we have said we will.
Does the Secretary of State understand that any intervention in Syria has to be part of a wider series of actions, including creating safe areas for the civilian population to try to stem the Refugee Crisis, increasing humanitarian aid, bringing those responsible for war crimes to account, and trying to build a plan for peace in the region?
I turn now to the Refugee Crisis.
Given that, will he expand on an earlier response and explain why he thinks that the 84 Church of England bishops who think that the Government's response to the Refugee Crisis is inadequate are wrong and he is right?
If the UK was outside the EU, which many of the Prime Minister's right hon. and hon. Friends seem to want more than anything else, what position would he have been in last week to influence European discussions on the Refugee Crisis, on Syria, and on the middle east?
What (a) assessment he has made and (b) discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the likely long-term effects of the Current Refugee Crisis on efforts to address mass migration into and within the EU.
What assessment he has made of the likely long-term effects of the Current Refugee Crisis on efforts to address mass migration into and within the EU.
The Refugee Crisis - it is not a migrant crisis - is an exceptional circumstance.
Looking at the Refugee Crisis, however, we can see that his rhetoric was simply wrong.
4 million people in Yemen have been internally displaced, raising the risk of a Refugee Crisis.
Also, will the Government undertake to bring up the response to the Refugee Crisis with the new Canadian Government?
Will the Secretary of State have a word with the Conservative Whip's Office, and colleagues, to stop them conflating the Refugee Crisis with economic migration?
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the recent assault by the Syrian armed forces on Aleppo, what is their strategy for tackling the Refugee Crisis in Syria.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis is a humanitarian disaster of epic scale and biblical proportions.
No amount of resettlement will mitigate the continued failure of the international community to address the Refugee Crisis at source.
My Lords, I was a little puzzled by the introduction from the noble Lord, Lord Truscott, to a debate on the strategy for tackling the Refugee Crisis, in the light of the current violence in Aleppo.
The Syria war has killed a quarter of a million people, contributed to the Biggest Refugee Crisis since World War II and become a breeding ground for Islamic State and other extremist groups that threaten not only Syria but its neighbours and all the powers supporting one side or the other.
The Syria war has killed a quarter of a million people, contributed to the biggest Refugee Crisis since World War II and become a breeding ground for Islamic State and other extremist groups that threaten not only Syria but its neighbours and all the powers supporting one side or the other.
My second amendment, Amendment 32, addresses the Present Refugee Crisis and its consequences - an extremely sensitive and difficult area which is almost certain to continue well into the referendum period.
However, personally, I deeply regret the fact that refugees and the Refugee Crisis are being brought into this argument.
There is quite a well-developed school of thought at the upper levels of European polity which says that we have to control the Refugee Crisis but it will not necessarily be the worst thing for our economy and our future.
The hon. Lady is right to highlight that this is an important part of how we tackle the Refugee Crisis.
We have seen great generosity across the country in relation to the Refugee Crisis.
My hon. Friend highlights the huge generosity of the UK public in responding to the Refugee Crisis closer to home.
It is clear from the Current Refugee Crisis that some front-line states can be helped in that regard.
It is clear from the current Refugee Crisis that some front-line states can be helped in that regard.
No one country can possibly deal with the Refugee Crisis on its own, and the Scottish Government have already set out their willingness to work with European partners and the UK Government to take more refugees.
Had someone suggested a week ago that the Refugee Crisis was being abused by terrorists, they could have been set aside as a heartless xenophobe.
The Prime Minister will know that ISIL wants to exploit the Refugee Crisis and to poison Europe's attitude towards those who are fleeing the very same barbarism that we saw, so tragically, on the streets of Paris.
Do Her Majesty's Government now recognise that the earlier decision of the West to provide a great deal of weaponry to the rebels against Assad has had four results: one, Assad is still there; two, we have had a four-year civil war; three, we have had a Major Refugee Crisis; and, four, we have created the space for ISIL to be created?
I would like to know from my noble friend the Minister exactly what the mechanics are with regard to people who have come from outside as part of This Refugee Crisis into somewhere such as France, who then apply for a French passport, which then enables them to come to the United Kingdom under the free movement of labour.
What recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU Foreign Affairs Council on the Refugee Crisis.
Will my right hon. Friend explain what more action can be taken to stop Assad's murder of his own people, which together with ISIL terror, is contributing to the Current Refugee Crisis?
What discussions has the Minister had with the new leadership about the Refugee Crisis - there are 140,000 people in internally displaced camps, to which humanitarian institutions do not have sufficient access - and about reform of the discriminatory 1982 citizenship law?
In some cases, we are already seeing the effects in Libya and with the Recent Refugee Crisis.
We have seen the Refugee Crisis that has erupted as a result of the civil war in Syria, but that is as nothing to the refugee crisis that will be generated unless we address climate change.
One of the greatest reactions to the Refugee Crisis that escalated over the summer months was people, in their thousands, asking how they could help.
In fact, what we are talking about are families who have been split up by a Terrible Refugee Crisis and who simply want to be together.
I wish to speak to new clauses 1 and 11, which focus on the response that we should have to the Refugee Crisis and the way in which the family reunion rules for refugees are simply not working.
We have seen what it is capable of - beheadings, crucifixions, mass rape; we have seen the Refugee Crisis it has provoked in the middle east, with its terrible human cost; and we have seen its willingness to export jihad whenever it can.
It should be the central objective not just for humanitarian reasons - to end the Refugee Crisis - but to prevent the recruitment that fuels ISIS.
We want an end to the Refugee Crisis that has seen thousands upon thousands of Syrian people risking their lives to escape from the terror of Daesh.
There is a Refugee Crisis in Syria because of Daesh/ISIs acts.
It is also important to recognise that, despite the welcome commitment to 2% spending on defence and the increased expenditure on capabilities and equipment envisaged in SDSR 2015 - plugging gaps created by SDSR 2010 - a range of commitments will put additional pressures on the Armed Forces: the deployments out of Cyprus, ongoing commitments to the Falklands and other international engagement, and responding to the Current Refugee Crisis.
In particular, in our desire to address the Current Refugee Crisis - and I have visited refugees in Lebanon and Jordan - we should not divert funding from vulnerable communities in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.
Just over three months ago, the tragic death of a little boy and his brother exposed the world to a Refugee Crisis that Governments, including our own, had been doing their best to avoid.
Given that much of the climate finance pledged by the wealthy nations is likely to be classified as official development assistance and that many of our friends in Europe show no real sign of increasing the amount of ODA that they are giving as a percentage of their gross national income, is she concerned that some of this climate finance might be taken away from the amounts available for the Refugee Crisis in Syria and other concerns around the world?
I am particularly pleased to see Macedonia join the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights as an observer; that will be particularly helpful as it deals with the Refugee Crisis.
As well as focusing on humanitarian assistance, the Government have consistently focused on finding a comprehensive and sustainable solution to the Refugee Crisis.
Yet again, I am disappointed, because we are talking about a Refugee Crisis, yet everything in the papers talks about migrants and migration.
The noble Baroness, Lady Afshar, just said that we have already made a modest 1% contribution to the Refugee Crisis taking place.
Can he really be surprised at his failure, when he has not worked with his negotiating partners in Europe, and failed even to turn up when asked for help on the European Refugee Crisis?
The biggest European challenge in 2016 is not the negotiations of the Prime Minister and his position on Cabinet splits, which have been described by Swedish statesman Carl Bildt as “more than bizarre”; the biggest issue for our continent is the Refugee Crisis, the instability in the middle east and the threat of terrorism.
I think that we will be in a strong position at the donor conference because we have done more than any other country, save the United States, in terms of the funding we have given to the Refugee Crisis, and because, having made the 20,000 pledge, we are in the process of implementing it in very good order.
The problems are severe and terrible, but we are still only talking about something perhaps in excess of 10,000 refugees in total; compared with the Refugee Crisis as a whole, the situation is not one that should be beyond the wit of Britain and France to resolve.
I think of the important work that various Churches have done in critiquing benefit sanctions and nuclear weapons, or in reminding us that the Refugee Crisis is about human beings, not burdens on our benefits system.
The strategy proposed so far is threadbare and lacking in detail, but more worrying is the fact that the public have no confidence that the Government are capable of finding a solution to the huge issues that they face in Syria, from achieving peace to solving the Refugee Crisis.
My Lords, the war in Syria has killed 250,000 people, contributed to the Biggest Refugee Crisis since World War II, and become a breeding ground for Daesh and other extremist groups that threaten not only Syria's neighbours but all the powers supporting one side or the other.
We have heard about our duties to refugees fromthe hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) and, as Europe struggles to get a grip on the Refugee Crisis stemming from Syria, we must not stand by and ignore cries for help from men, women and children fleeing not only the barbaric control of Daesh, but the evil regime of Assad.
It has been four months since I wrote to the Prime Minister, along with many others, to urge him to respond to the escalating Refugee Crisis affecting mainland Europe.
I agree with the hon. Gentleman about the importance of taking action to help with the Refugee Crisis.
” In light of that and in that spirit, do you agree that it was inappropriate for the Prime Minister, in referring to the Refugee Crisis in Europe, to use language such as “a bunch of migrants”?
Does he agree that the great challenges that Britain faces, whether from international terrorism, the Refugee Crisis, climate change or tax avoidance, can be tackled only by us working with our close neighbours, not relegating ourselves to a position of impotent isolation?
We face a Refugee Crisis in Europe which is absolutely without precedent.
They stay on the issue of family visas, although not necessarily in the context of the Refugee Crisis.
If the Refugee Crisis in Syria is not to become a permanent exodus, its people must be given hope of a better future.
As the problems of the euro, unemployment, the Refugee Crisis and uncontrolled immigration tear the EU apart, I can see no logic in that argument.
We have seen that dramatically illustrated in Syria, with the Refugee Crisis.
While recognising the role the Government have played, I echo the concerns about the response to the Refugee Crisis in Europe.
People want to hear how we can build a Europe that acts on the environment; faces down multinational power; shows solidarity when faced with a Refugee Crisis; acts together when faced with austerity; respects the component nations of Europe; co-operates on great projects such as a supergrid across the North sea; and revitalises the concept of a social Europe for all our citizens.
Let us look at the Refugee Crisis - the worst since the second world war - on which the UK Government are not stepping up to the mark, as the Irish Government, who have disregarded their opt-out, have.
As my hon. Friendthe Member for North East Fife (Stephen Gethins) said, from dealing with the Refugee Crisis on our doorstep to protecting our economies in the face of international challenges, we cannot address these serious issues by pulling up the drawbridge and turning our backs on the international community.
Contrary to whatthe hon. Member for Gravesham (Mr Holloway) has just said, we are facing a Refugee Crisis in Europe, not a crisis involving economic migrants.
We need to get together with our European partners and talk about how to address the complex issues that arise as a result of This Massive Refugee Crisis - or massive migration, depending on the language that people wish to use.
In the next week or two, I will have the opportunity to visit Lebanon and Jordan and perhaps see at first-hand how those two countries are dealing with the Refugee Crisis, because they are feeling it directly.
We could do more about the Refugee Crisis than we are currently doing.
The Government's consistent focus has been on finding a comprehensive and sustainable solution to the Refugee Crisis.
It is right for us to address the Refugee Crisis as human beings, and does he agree that a credible proposal to establish, through concerted international action, safe areas within Syria in which people could seek refuge would be worthy of international support?
The Refugee Crisis facing Europe is one of the defining challenges of our time.
This afternoon, we had a robust debate on migration into Europe and our approach to the Refugee Crisis.
He also said that the UK has played its part in causing some of the Refugee Crisis in some of the region, which we cannot deny.
We have had three debates today on aspects of the Refugee Crisis, which is clearly the issue of our time.
With the Russian indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Syria driving the Refugee Crisis in a deliberate foreign policy tool to destabilise and weaken Europe, does the Secretary of State agree that now is not the time even to talk about weakening EU sanctions against the Putin regime?
The Refugee Crisis, for example, has made the EU look deeply ineffective and purely reactive.
On the arguments on refugees, those of us on the progressive side of politics want to see the country do more in terms of solidarity with the Refugee Crisis that has beset Europe, in addition to being positive and confident about Europe's achievements - the peace that the right hon. Member for Mid Sussex spoke about; the prosperity of the single market; the achievements on workers' rights which converted so many on the progressive side of politics in the '80s and '90s to the European cause.
7% of our GDP on international development, much of which is going to Syria and to help with the Refugee Crisis.
Again, I would argue that the EU can put far greater emphasis and might into providing a challenge and looking for solutions by working collectively, not only on managing the Refugee Crisis, but on addressing the challenges at source in order to mitigate what is going on.
What role does the Secretary of State see the Russian bombing of targets and civilians in Syria playing in driving the Refugee Crisis to the shores of Europe?
Exactly a week ago, I asked the Prime Minister for an assurance that the United Kingdom Government's response to the Refugee Crisis would be driven entirely by humanitarian need and not influenced in any way by considerations of the impact that it might have on the referendum that is likely to happen at the end of June.
When we were “whittling down” the debate, as the hon. Gentleman put it, to a discussion of the rather minor issue of in-work migrant benefits at the European Council, time was taken from a discussion of the Refugee Crisis, in regard to which, incidentally, Ireland was giving way on its opt-out.
Furthermore, what measures are being taken to identify people who are misusing the Refugee Crisis, such as people traffickers or those with criminal or terrorist intentions?
The problem with the Refugee Crisis today is the lack of such effective collaboration between EU states, rather than an excess of it, and in this case the knock-on consequences could be very serious indeed.
To them, this week's European Council on the Refugee Crisis is much more important than was the Council, and the conclusions, that we are debating now.
That is all the more the case because the Refugee Crisis cannot be disentangled from the crisis in the Greek economy and infrastructure.
It is impossible to separate the war in Syria from the Current Refugee Crisis facing Turkey, Jordan and the Lebanon, as the two issues are inextricably linked.
It is impossible to separate the war in Syria from the current Refugee Crisis facing Turkey, Jordan and the Lebanon, as the two issues are inextricably linked.
The Refugee Crisis is the biggest issue facing Governments across Europe.
The countries of the middle east and the European Union are now confronted by the Biggest Refugee Crisis since the end of the second world war.
Turkey has indicated that it needs £6 billion to help address the problem of refugees, but it is much better to address the Refugee Crisis where it begins - and one of those places is Turkey.
Those discussions did take place in the margins of the summit, although its purpose was to try to hammer out a way forward in dealing with the Refugee Crisis that is causing such difficulties both to Turkey and the European Union.
We have seen the struggle to grapple with the Refugee Crisis that has grown over the last couple of years, a crisis driven by war in one country and a number of other related conflicts.
Neighbouring countries have borne the brunt of the Refugee Crisis.
Although there are genuine concerns about migration that need to be addressed, the public are in a different place on the Refugee Crisis caused by the Syrian civil war.
In addition, it is crucial that we refrain from considering the Refugee Crisis just in terms of the immediate political response.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Current Refugee Crisis in Europe in the light of the regional election results in Germany that indicate gains for the anti-migrant Alternative für Deutschland party.
Once in a while, there are major challenges that test our humanitarianism, and Europe's Refugee Crisis is surely one such challenge.
The United Kingdom should be leading by example in the response to the Refugee Crisis.
The number of family members admitted through this route has in fact fallen during the Refugee Crisis.
The Refugee Crisis that Europe currently faces is the largest since the end of the second world war.
I thank my right hon. Friend for the fair and sensible way in which he has negotiated with our EU partners on the Refugee Crisis.
What recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU, Africa and the middle east on steps to tackle the Refugee Crisis in the middle east.
Beyond the Refugee Crisis, 982 of the 3,266 people identified as potential victims of trafficking in the UK last year were children, who are vulnerable to unimaginable exploitation and violence.
When there is a Refugee Crisis in Europe, the country is facing a huge decision on whether to remain in the EU, and child poverty and homelessness are increasing, surely we could be putting this sitting to better use.
The Refugee Crisis we are witnessing is of a scale we have not seen since the second world war.
It is a small but important contribution to dealing with the Refugee Crisis, which is testing our humanitarianism.
However, it should not be an either/or when we have a Refugee Crisis of a scale not seen since the second world war.
Some 95,000 children and teenagers are alone in Europe as a result of the Refugee Crisis - four times more than Save the Children thought the figure was for unaccompanied child refugees.
I do not think anyone can accuse this country of walking on by in This Refugee Crisis.
They have, of course, asked the United Kingdom to participate in a relocation scheme, and Frontex has identified the issue of vulnerable children as one of the most concerning aspects of the Refugee Crisis.
I know that the Minister is proud of his opt-in, but in reply tothe right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) he seemed to agree in principle that the Refugee Crisis is a European crisis that requires collective action.
As my noble friend Lord Hague has said, it is not near the end but may be just the start, with the total disaster of Syria coinciding with upheavals throughout the Middle East and with the Refugee Crisis reinforced by the exploding population of Africa.
The Refugee Crisis will continue, as will the political ambitions of the European court.
We can see that that is true of the Refugee Crisis, which is only an indication of what is going to come with climatic changes that will, again, affect us all.
The barbarity it has meted out - the barrel bombs, the chlorine, the siege tactics, the interception of medical supplies to those in need - is the main driver of the Refugee Crisis.
The Secretary of State will be aware that the Idomeni camp has just been closed, and he referred to the Refugee Crisis.
The House should be under no illusion: if we withdrew our support from them - along, perhaps, with other countries - they simply would not be able to cope with the Refugee Crisis that is envelopingthem, and the refugees would go to the next place.
I ask the Minister, as the right hon. Gentleman did, to explain that decline in the number of successful cases outside the rules, particularly given the Current Refugee Crisis.
We often say in the House that there is a Refugee Crisis on a scale not seen since the second world war - and that is right: we have seen the numbers from last year and this year.
Ultimately, the Refugee Crisis will be addressed effectively only if we start at the very top, which means de-escalating the violence, and then work upstream to stop the work of those who are engaged in trafficking and putting people through the illegal and dangerous routes.
The Current Refugee Crisis is the greatest humanitarian problem to have faced the European Union since its foundation.
The current Refugee Crisis is the greatest humanitarian problem to have faced the European Union since its foundation.
A second aim should be to support those countries, notably Lebanon and Jordan, which are bearing the brunt of the Refugee Crisis, as the noble Baroness, Lady Suttie, said.
This is also a Refugee Crisis, and it is very important to say that.
It is therefore appropriate to refer to a Refugee Crisis, and we would support the EU action plan being amended to reflect the fact that victims of smuggling may be refugees - vulnerable people with complex needs.
We could on the one hand link this to the Refugee Crisis, but that would be too crude.
As the Refugee Crisis in Burundi escalates, will the Minister assure me that DFID has in place clear and effective measures to ensure that it identifies where crises may occur and is fully able to react and respond to them?
I have been so angered by the deliberate conflation of the Refugee Crisis and free movement, to the detriment of both and the shame of us all.
He knew that the Refugee Crisis would strain Europe to breaking point and he was right.
Precisely when we should have supported the EU in the Refugee Crisis and the euro crisis, we abandoned any sense of solidarity and became self-obsessed and self-serving.
The negotiations may be complex, the poker hand held close, but if we have learned one thing in the Current Refugee Crisis, it is that people matter, and people must come before politics.
Presidents Assad and Putin knew that they would be unchallenged from that point, which has led to the Refugee Crisis among other things.
In Iraq, we have seen the triggering of the Refugee Crisis, which loomed so large in the campaign over Brexit, and is a source of turbulence in this and other countries.
What discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU, Africa and the middle east on dealing with the Refugee Crisis in Europe and the middle east.
Can he confirm that we will continue to co-operate with our European allies in relation to the Refugee Crisis?
In view of the fact that the appalling hardships and loss of life arising from the Refugee Crisis in the Mediterraneanare clearly long term and in danger of becoming institutionalised, will my right hon. Friend give consideration to the proposal from the International Chamber of Shipping, originally put forward last autumn, to establish a UN humanitarian zone covering the affected areas?
Does the Minister accept that in respect of the Brexit negotiations, much work will require to be done to secure joint EU-UK efforts in northern Africa on tackling the escalating Refugee Crisis?