Refugee and migration crisis Red Cross response

Red cross assistance to migrants in Europe

The Airbus Foundation is keeping in close contact with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and its National Societies who are actively engaged and supporting the refugee and migration crisis.

Red Cross and Airbus: joining forces

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) continues aiding the thousands of refugees and migrants arriving to Europe.

As part of its long established cooperation with the IFRC, the Airbus Foundation is in contact with the IFRC and its National Societies in Europe and the Foundation has offered its support and services.

Furthermore, the Foundation encourages all Airbus employees to contribute and invites them to consult the IFRC website to find out how they can get involved.

Response along the Balkans: relief items and family support

Since the beginning of June 2015, the number of people using the Western Balkans Route to access Europe has increased significantly, with more than more than 886,262 people moving through the continent, being Greece and Italy the primary entry points.

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Photo: Carlos Spottorno / British Red Cross

People on the move are in need of shelter, food and water, as well as first aid and medical care. Temperatures across the Balkans and central Europe are dropping every day due to the arrival of the winter season, compounding needs and putting more people at risk.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent is responding in 28 countries across Europe, addressing immediate as well as long-term needs. More than 55,000 volunteers have been deployed as part of this response.

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Photo: Red Cross

As of 1 December 2015, the Red Cross Red Crescent has reached at least 445,000 people, mobilizing over 12,400 staff and 60,900 volunteers. Relief items provided by the Red Cross include food and water, hygiene kits, infant kits, medicines, blankets. The Red Cross is also helping to reconnect families separated during their journey through its Tracing Service Department.   

Aiding the refugees coming to Germany

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Photo: A. Zehetner
Photo: A. Zehetner
Red cross - Oscar Velasco
Photo: Óscar Velasco

The crisis is being felt across all of Europe. The influx of new refugees coming to Germany every day is estimated at about a few thousand people every day.  Official forecasts say that the number of asylum seekers for 2015 in Germany will be between 800,000 and one million.

Nationwide the Red Cross is currently running about 180 emergency accommodations in camps (tent camps and solid premises) and taking care of more than 50,500 refugees and migrants. 

How can you reach out to support the refugees? Find out more information about the crisis