"As a recent Nobel peace prize recipient, the EU is honour-bound to take decisive action to ensure refugees fleeing from Syria are protected.” said Nicolas Beger, Director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office.
“At present only a fraction of Syrian refugees have sought protection in Europe, while many times their number are being hosted by Syria’s immediate neighbours”.
Amnesty International has appealed to the EU and its member states to take practical measures to help people fleeing Syria. These include:
Continuing violence in Syria has cost more than 24,800 lives and displaced 1.2m people within the country. Over 350,000 refugees have crossed Syria’s borders. The UN predicts that by the end of the year 700,000 refugees will have fled to Syria’s neighbours. But European countries have to date received only 16,500 of them.