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Europe Act Now allows supporters of the campaign to donate their Twitter feed and Facebook account to the refugees of the Syrian crisis
Civil society campaign calls on EUROPE to ACT NOW

Brussels, 7 March 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service, as part of the ECRE coalition of more than 100 NGOs across Europe, has launched Europe Act Now calling on European leaders to protect refugees fleeing the Syrian war.

To date, just 81,000 Syrians have sought protection in the EU, Norway and Switzerland; representing only three percent of the total number of those who have fled. With a death toll of 130,000 and refugee numbers expected to escalate to four million by the end of 2014, this war marks one of the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.

At www.helpsyriasrefugees.eu people can 'give their voice' to Syrian refugees and urge European leaders to take action to:
  1. Give refugees a safe way into Europe
  2. Stop pushbacks and protect refugees arriving at Europe's borders
  3. Reunite families torn apart by the crisis
"My family is trapped in Egypt. They rarely go out for fear of being arrested. If detained, they may be forced to choose between staying in jail or going back to Syria. They need to leave Egypt but my parents are old, they can't handle the dangerous sea trip or being detained in an airport jail if they come by plane. Our only hope is to find a legal way to bring them to Europe", said Azzam, a Syrian refugee in Belgium.

"Nearly nine million Syrians have been displaced both within and outside the country. It is a humanitarian disaster. Most of the responsibility for protecting Syrians has been borne by neighbouring countries. It is time the EU removed some the obstacles for their arrival in Europe", said Jesuit Refugee Service International Director, Peter Balleis.

Give your voice. Europe Act Now – www.helpsyriasrefugees.eu allows supporters of the campaign to donate their Twitter feed and Facebook account to the refugees of the Syrian crisis. The refugees can share their experiences of fleeing the conflict and attempting to seek protection in Europe with the supporters' followers and friends.

People can also give their voice to protect Syrian refugees by signing the Europe Act Now petition.

Europe Act Now – Help Syria's Refugees will run for a period of four months, culminating on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2014.

For further information
Philip Amaral
Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
Jesuit Refugee Service-Europe
europe.advocacy@jrs.net

Tel: +32 (0) 2 250 3223
Mobile: +32 (0) 485 173 766
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