Croatia welcomes refugees with hot cup of tea

100,000 refugees have crossed Croatia in 20 days. Credit: Caritas Croatia
“Schools are good in Sweden and I want my sons to grow up in safe environment where they can get a good education.” In one of the border crossings in Tovarnik, we meet Syrian refugee Akram. He speaks perfect Croatian after studying here 30 years ago. He is...

Syrians reflect on refugee option

A Syrian boy in an abandoned park in Lesbos, Greece, now a refugee camp. Credit: Patrick Nicholson/Caritas
Every time I watch the news showing refugees arriving to Europe, risking their lives and their children’s lives by throwing themselves into the sea to escape from Syria, I see in them only desperation. Five years of war means not just killing and blood. War means displacement, insecurity,...

Swimming to Europe: a Syrian family’s story

Swimming to Europe: a Syrian family’s story
Omama, 8 years old, feels homesick. Her father Khaled Basheer says to her, “How can you feel homesick when there is no home any longer?” His words are somehow well intended but the truth does little to console his daughter. The Basheers are a family of six from...

This crisis has solutions, this is ours

Syrians and other refugees are crossing the sea from Turkey in perishable plastic boats
The root causes of migration have probably been the most underestimated/worst handled issue by European leaders. For decades, regular waves of migrants and asylum seekers have risked their lives using ever riskier routes to arrive to the European Union. They arrived from West Africa to the Canary Islands;...
Fleeing home to Greece and then northern Europe – the route refugees have to bear
Instability and war crises in countries throughout the Middle East and Africa have forced millions of people to flee their homes and countries, seeking a better future in Europe. Given the geographic position of Greece as the gate to Europe, Frontex considers the Turkish-Greek routes as a migratory...

World Humanitarian Day

Photo: by NASA
Today we celebrate the World Humanitarian Day. I cannot but to acknowledge the dramatic challenges we are facing in this field. And therefore I encourage you all to do the same. The World is witnessing an overwhelming increase in the number of people forced to leave their homes,...
Photo: by the Volunteers’ Team Solidarity Kos
The Greek crisis has been presented only through its economic aspect. But the economic crisis is only the effect of deeper problems within the political and economic institutions of Greece and the European Union. The origin of these problems has its roots on a generalized lack of ethical...

Greeurope: a new approach is needed now

Greeurope: a new approach is needed now
I can’t hide my double feeling of strong opportunity and deep concern about Greece and the whole European project. The latter has never been so much at risk to fail as it is now, and at the same time it has never been at a more incredible moment...
#NepalQuake "People are still anxious that more buildings will collapse"
Lilian Chan, Caritas Australia Online Editor, was working in Kathmandu when the earthquake struck. She shares her experience of being thrown into a major humanitarian emergency. The earthquake struck without any warning. One minute I was filming an interview with a participant in one of Caritas Australia’s programs...
Roma children in Macedonia. Photo: Marc Somers.
On the International Day of Roma, Caritas Europa calls on the European Union to promote the full inclusion of Roma people across Europe. According to the observations of Caritas Europa member organisations, many EU Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the UK) continue to struggle to...

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