Refugee crisis in Europe: Aid worker updates
September 6, 2015 by The IRC
|Waiting for travel documents on Lesbos. IRC teams are working around the clock to aid exhausted refugees who are arriving by the thousands on the Greek island's shores. Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC|
More than 300,000 people have fled to Europe over the past year to escape conflict or persecution in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Most have fled the brutal civil war in Syria, now in its fifth year.
The International Rescue Committee is responding to the continent's worst displacement crisis since World War 2 by aiding refugees who have come ashore on the overwhelmed Greek island of Lesbos. As many as 13,000 refugees are waiting on Lesbos for travel documents and transportation to mainland Europe.
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