World Refugee Day: The EU reaffirms its unwavering commitment to refugees and displaced persons in the midst of the global pandemic

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day on 20 June, the European Commission and the High Representative issued a joint statement reaffirming the EU’s unwavering commitment to support people in need of international protection across the world:

“This year, World Refugee Day comes at a time when the world is facing a global pandemic that has already cost the lives of thousands of people and is affecting the livelihood of millions more. The struggle is even harder for refugees, internally displaced persons, migrants and stateless persons.

[…] One in every 97 people on earth have been displaced because of conflict or persecution. By the end of 2019, almost 80 million people in the world have been forced to leave their homes. […]

The European Union reaffirms its unwavering solidarity with the millions of people who have to flee their country, at times leaving their families behind, because their home is no longer safe. […]

The EU recognises its share of responsibility for offering protection to those in need and supporting other countries. EU Member States pledged to resettle almost 30,000 refugees in 2020, representing 40% of all resettlement pledges worldwide. […] The EU is at the forefront of the global response to this pandemic.

The Team Europe approach, that combines resources from the EU, its Member States and financial institutions, responds to the humanitarian needs in health, water and sanitation systems caused by the crisis, including for the benefit of refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons.”

Peter Stano – Adalbert Jahnz –