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The displacement situation in Europe is made up of a patchwork of conflicts and mixed migration patterns. Europe is the destination for millions of people leaving their homes to seek protection, safety and stability.

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DRC is present in countries across the region - including at arrival hotspots, along migration routes, and in destination countries across Europe to assist displaced populations.

Current political trends are increasingly putting access, humanitarian principles and human rights under pressure. At the same time, countries in the region struggle with internal conflicts that have generated large-scale displacement internally and across borders. Since early 2022, the conflict in Ukraine has caused a massive and evolving humanitarian crisis and the largest displacement flows since World War II.

Interventions cover multiple DRC sectors - across Protection, Economic Recovery (ER), Humanitarian Disarmament & Peacebuilding (HDP), Shelter & Settlements (SS), and Camp Coordination & Camp Management (CCCM) - from emergency responses and life-saving aid to engagement in the pursuit of durable solutions to displacement.

DRC also delivers support and services responding to needs related to Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, and Health.

Country operations in Europe

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Denmark
Greece
Italy
Kosovo
Moldova
Poland
Romania
Serbia
South Caucasus
Ukraine
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07 Jun 2024

Ukraine: “A shell hit our house, exploding just four meters away from our bed” ‒ Olena

31 May 2024

Ukraine: Empowering food security — DRC’s initiative in Ukraine's agricultural heartlands

24 Apr 2024

Ukraine: Strikes in Kharkiv damaged DRC’s office forcing temporary suspension of support to local populations

23 Apr 2024

129 civil society organisations call on MEPs to uphold fundamental rights and reject the harmful Schengen borders code recast

22 Apr 2024

Ukraine: Mechanical demining operations are gaining momentum in Mykolaiv Oblast

10 Apr 2024

Danish Refugee Council's statement on the adoption of the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum

03 Apr 2024

Ukraine: Communities in contaminated areas face severe risks from explosive ordnance

28 Mar 2024

Ukraine: “I tried to hide in a cellar when a bomb hit my yard” — Ivanna

18 Mar 2024

Surrendering human rights for migration control

05 Mar 2024

The EU must provide future-proof solutions for people displaced from Ukraine

22 Feb 2024

Ukraine: Two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion, the situation for the millions of internally displaced is deteriorating fast

09 Feb 2024

Ukraine: Strengthening national mine action capabilities

31 Jan 2024

New report: “They started beating us, used a stun gun and pepper spray on us and then threw us into the forest. We couldn't walk for three days because of the pain, and we had vision problems.”

31 Jan 2024

Pushbacks on the European borders: Unravelling the Perils Along Migration Journeys in Europe

24 Jan 2024

Ukraine: Shelter programme helps families rebuild their homes damaged by flooding or shelling

12 Jan 2024

Ukraine: Vital cash support to internally displaced persons amidst war

20 Dec 2023

Statement on EU Pact on Asylum and Migration: A wasted opportunity for a more balanced and humane approach.

13 Dec 2023

Ukraine: Surviving captivity in 2014, mother of 2 had to flee from home amidst the onset of war

12 Dec 2023

Moldova: DRC is committed to continue strategic partnership with Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova to strengthen joint refugee response

08 Dec 2023

Moldova: And the next level...

06 Dec 2023

Global Refugee Forum: DRC is thrilled to announce our participation in the 2023 GRF Legal Community Pledge.

29 Nov 2023

Focus on Regions: Launch of the Mixed Migration Review 2023

29 Nov 2023

Ukraine: New windows and water supply — DRC improves living conditions in western Ukraine shelters for IDPs

21 Nov 2023

Ukraine: The journey of a single mother fleeing the frontline Kherson city

13 Nov 2023

Poland: Four thousand kilometres long way to find a new home

10 Nov 2023

DRC’s support to Ukrainian civilians traveling from Poland to their hometowns: a glimpse into the mine risk education activities in Poland

09 Nov 2023

Poland | Open Place Krakow: Aid and activities for refugees and migrants

08 Nov 2023

Poland: Coping with displacement and being away from Ukraine

07 Nov 2023

Poland: Getting a second chance in life and a sense of hope after fleeing the war in Ukraine

26 Oct 2023

Ukraine: ‘I found a shell of a large calibre’ — DRC deminers clear agricultural lands

20 Oct 2023

Poland: DRC attends the Cross Border Cooperation Congress 2023 in Lublin

17 Oct 2023

Moldova: A hand in need – partnerships to find lasting solutions for Ukrainian refugees

02 Oct 2023

Beaten by police, bitten by dogs, and robbed of all rights: New Report Reveals Alarming Pushbacks and Violations at Europe's borders

29 Sep 2023

Moldova: Is it just WASH work or pursuit of fulfillment?

29 Sep 2023

Kosovo: Vulnerable populations at risk from effects of climate change

29 Sep 2023

Poland: Reducing the carbon footprint of DRC operations

24 Sep 2023

Ukraine: 'I saw the missile coming' – a struggle of a single mother returning to rebuild a home

21 Sep 2023

Ukraine: Supporting children affected by explosive ordnance

20 Sep 2023

Poland: “We were 20,000 people in my home area. Now, it’s a ghost town in Ukraine!” 

19 Sep 2023

Poland: Nurturing leadership talent among migrants and refugees

15 Sep 2023

Moldova: Finding the tune in a new life after fleeing war in Ukraine

13 Sep 2023

Ukraine: DRC provided necessary medical device to injured Bakhmut citizen

12 Sep 2023

DRC attends the 11th Meeting of State Parties of the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 11th to 14th of September.

11 Sep 2023

Greece: Celebrating friendship in a music video by refugee children

01 Sep 2023

Former DRC Secretary General Arne Piel Christensen has passed away

29 Aug 2023

Greece: Access to quality education for refugee children 

25 Aug 2023

Kosovo: Summer camps to empower minority teachers and youth

25 Aug 2023

Poland: Protecting Ukrainian lives through Risk Education

18 Aug 2023

Kilometres of Ukraine's forests are contaminated with explosive ordnance: DRC helps make them safe

04 Aug 2023

Poland: How offices in Warsaw are turned into shelter for vulnerable refugees from Ukraine

27 Jul 2023

New graduates ready to join DRC demining efforts

25 Jul 2023

Civilians under shelling in Ukraine: Ivan spent months in a school basement surviving the frontline battles

19 Jul 2023

DRC's support for victims of shelling in Ukraine: a glimpse into the lives of Chernihiv families

11 Jul 2023

On sending and using cluster munitions: Never under any circumstances

10 Jul 2023

DRC Moldova: Joint efforts improve access to legal aid for Ukrainian refugees

28 Jun 2023

Poland: New community centre for Ukrainian refugees in Krakow

22 Jun 2023

Ukraine Reconstruction: DRC helps with emergency repair of homes

21 Jun 2023

Press Release: In 2022 DRC reached more than 19 million people with crucial assistance

21 Jun 2023

Poland: Tailoring free legal aid to protect refugees and vulnerable minorities

21 Jun 2023

Teaching youth in Serbia about gender-based violence and rights

21 Jun 2023

Safe Migration Information is critical for Ukrainians on the move

20 Jun 2023

DRC Kosovo: A decade of support to secure critical civilian registration concluded 

20 Jun 2023

Medical aid piloted for migrants and refugees in Moldova

16 Jun 2023

Joint NGO Statement: The EU must not be complicit in the loss of lives at sea and in rights violations at Europe’s borders

16 Jun 2023

Greece: Need for spaces that are child-friendly and safe

06 Jun 2023

Ukraine: Thousands at risk following the Nova Kakhovka Dam burst

30 May 2023

Protecting Rights at Borders VI: What we do in the shadows

17 May 2023

Digital innovation in Ukraine as DRC launches new Legal Aid tool

15 May 2023

DRC Greece: Human Rights Actors join forces across Europe

15 May 2023

Bosnia & Herzegovina: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

12 May 2023

Conference Response to the Public Health Challenges of Mixed Migration

11 May 2023

Italian State blueprints DRC pilot for support to Ukrainian refugees

06 May 2023

The Danish Refugee Council supports local communities

28 Apr 2023

Ukrainian shoemaker survived a heavy explosion of an Explosive Ordnance left in a bin

26 Apr 2023

“Finding courage to start all over was tough”. Businesses across Ukraine adapt to wartime challenges

26 Apr 2023

Donation for the Cantonal Hospital in Bihać

25 Apr 2023

DRC is dedicated to the environmental protection

14 Apr 2023

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Digital literacy lessons for people on the move 

14 Apr 2023

Greece: Narrowing the digital gap in education

14 Apr 2023

Italy: Social media to help raise local awareness and create dialogue

14 Apr 2023

Kosovo: Basic IT training courses and educational grants

14 Apr 2023

Moldova: Helping refugees from Ukraine overcome digital literacy barriers

14 Apr 2023

Serbia: Ukrainian refugees attend online risk education 

04 Apr 2023

Fear of mines worries farmers in Ukraine as the planting season starts

03 Apr 2023

Meet Berin Muhić our Health Team Leader

28 Mar 2023

New Executive Director for Finance, Risk, and Supply Chain

24 Mar 2023

DRC donates eight laptops for the Canton Sarajevo Health Center

17 Mar 2023

Meet Adela Softić, our Project Team Leader

16 Mar 2023

DRC Secretary General: We have reached 3 million Ukrainians

14 Mar 2023

Children in Greece without documents, children still at risk

08 Mar 2023

DRC receives grant for IT innovation and internet connectivity in Ukraine

08 Mar 2023

Development of skills among DRC staff on Gender-Based Violence in Bosnia & Hercegovina

06 Mar 2023

From Ukraine to Serbia: A living nightmare to escape war

03 Mar 2023

Meet Akin Duran, our Communication with Communities Officer

02 Mar 2023

Humanitarian mine action in Ukraine – much more than removing explosives

02 Mar 2023

One year after the activation of the Temporary Protection Directive: learnings on protection of refugees from Ukraine

27 Feb 2023

Meet Sanja Dželalagić, our Health Team Leader

24 Feb 2023

Romania – a safe haven and transit point for Ukrainian refugees

24 Feb 2023

Ukraine one year on:

24 Feb 2023

Joint humanitarian NGO statement: Ukraine one year on: Highlighting the needs of displaced Ukrainians in Georgia

23 Feb 2023

DRC clears villages in Kyiv Oblast littered with explosive ordnance

21 Feb 2023

DRC presence in southern Ukraine to reach newly accessible areas

21 Feb 2023

Meet Jovanka Runić, our Protection Team Leader

20 Feb 2023

Digital literacy classes for people on the move

16 Feb 2023

Meet Samir Aboukaf, our Translator and Cultural Mediator

14 Feb 2023

Looking for asylum for 18 years

13 Feb 2023

Heaven or hell at Italy’s northern borders

10 Feb 2023

Cooperation with health institutions to upgrade and improve services

09 Feb 2023

EU migration management: Wilful blindness to evidence of harmful human rights consequences

06 Feb 2023

The Danish Refugee Appeals Board has decided to grant refugee status to Afghan women and girls, who have applied for asylum in Denmark

02 Feb 2023

DRC Ukraine invites to online sessions on explosive ordnance risk education

30 Jan 2023

Mykolaiv: A city without doors, windows and half of its citizens

27 Jan 2023

DRC focuses on improving access to primary and secondary health care to people on the move

26 Jan 2023

Protecting Rights at Borders: Beaten, punished, and pushed back

16 Jan 2023

Meet Faris Kulić, our Warehouse and Logistics Officer

12 Jan 2023

Protecting Rights at Borders (PRAB)

11 Jan 2023

Meet Erdumana Spahić, our Cultural Mediator and Translator

06 Jan 2023

Meet Mufid Khalili, our Protection Officer

29 Dec 2022

Moldova: Compassion, solidarity - and warmth

29 Dec 2022

Fleeing war in Ukraine - finding refuge in Serbia

29 Dec 2022

DRC Greece: Access to schools for migrant and refugee children

29 Dec 2022

Easing the winter for vulnerable families in Kosovo

21 Dec 2022

Strengthening health support to vulnerable people on the move

20 Dec 2022

Urgent support to Mykolaiv: Safe water and house repairs before winter

16 Dec 2022

DRC: Around 30.000 basic medical and nursing care assistance

15 Dec 2022

Meet Vladimir Luković, our Logistics Officer

13 Dec 2022

Emergency shelter in Poland for refugees from Ukraine

13 Dec 2022

From surviving in basements in Ukraine to safety in Moldova

12 Dec 2022

EU’s actions on migratory routes must prioritize safe mobility and access to protection

12 Dec 2022

Preventing various communicable diseases is of vital importance

08 Dec 2022

EU admits Croatia to Schengen Without Regard to Abuses at the Border

07 Dec 2022

DRC press release: Scaling up capacity in Moldova to host refugees from Ukraine

06 Dec 2022

Meet Jasmina Sonjić, our Medical Officer

02 Dec 2022

Helping victims of gender-based violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

30 Nov 2022

Free2Link comes to an end!

23 Nov 2022

Press release: DRC facilitates first joint Nordic-Baltic diplomatic tour in Georgia

22 Nov 2022

New insights: Legal aid needs in mixed migration flows

21 Nov 2022

Meet Šemsudin Ljumanović, our Field Coordinator

15 Nov 2022

How cash grants help displaced cope in Ukraine

14 Nov 2022

Danish press release: Winning drawings from DRC's 'Tegn et Hjem'-campaign to be exhibited at FLUGT museum

14 Nov 2022

Adequate health care for people on the move with diabetes

08 Nov 2022

Meet Ines Arnautović, our Health Team Leader

03 Nov 2022

The Danish scheme for externalisation: Harmful to refugees and a threat to international refugee cooperation

27 Oct 2022

SDC & DRC provide support to health institutions

21 Oct 2022

DRC in Ukraine: Risk education saves lives in conflict-affected communities

14 Oct 2022

Bosnia and Herzegovina: New isolation ward to help tackle monkey pox

12 Oct 2022

Meet Reza Tahami, our Protection Officer and Cultural Mediator

04 Oct 2022

Financial Aid for Ukrainians in BiH

01 Oct 2022

DRC supports Ukraine’s NGOs that hand out the essentials among the most vulnerable

23 Sep 2022

Removing explosive remnants of war in Ukraine

08 Sep 2022

Joint Statement: NGOs call on Member States

02 Sep 2022

Danish press release: DRC will commence demining activities in Helmand

28 Aug 2022

'We are lucky to be alive'

24 Aug 2022

Return to Ukraine and back in the warzone

24 Aug 2022

War in Ukraine – six months on

24 Aug 2022

Abandoned dormitory transforms into emergency shelter

24 Aug 2022

Fleeing into the woods

24 Aug 2022

Press release: Worsening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine requires urgent action

17 Aug 2022

Growing needs for protection and shelter in Ukraine

17 Aug 2022

DRC launches new efforts to address climate related displacement

11 Aug 2022

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Cookies for peace

10 Aug 2022

Local charity assembles aid kits to civilians caught in Ukraine conflict

10 Aug 2022

Humanitarian Mine Action: DRC aid workers trained in Denmark

09 Aug 2022

Meet Maja Maksić, our Procurement Officer

07 Aug 2022

DRC street lawyers offer legal aid at shelters for displaced in Ukraine

27 Jul 2022

DRC Ukraine: Needs for Explosive Ordnance Risk Education grow by the day

27 Jul 2022

DRC: Health care for Ukrainians in Bosnia and Herzegovina

22 Jul 2022

Press release: Joint Open Letter: Broadening the Ukraine refugee response

18 Jul 2022

DRC in Ukraine: Safe spaces and hot meals - shelters in Dnipro

02 Jul 2022

Supporting refugees integration in Greece

23 Jun 2022

Ukraine: DRC deminers save lives by clearing explosives on roads

20 Jun 2022

Press release: The global response to the war in Ukraine must become the standard

14 Jun 2022

DRC scales up support in Moldova responding to the Ukraine crisis

02 Jun 2022

DRC in Ukraine: NGO supported by DRC provides 3000 IDPs with hot meals daily

20 May 2022

Press release: DRC signs large-scale agreement in Ukraine on Humanitarian Mine Action

20 May 2022

Borodianka town near Kyiv is in ruins. DRC calls on all parties to stop bombing civilians

12 May 2022

DRC in Ukraine: Support for IDP collective centres in Western Ukraine

26 Apr 2022

Press release: The Ukraine crisis requires increased global aid budgets, not the redirection of existing funds to avoid devastating global humanitarian consequences

21 Apr 2022

UKRAINE: Access to war-stricken families is crucial

11 Apr 2022

DRC legal advice by street lawyers in east Ukraine

05 Apr 2022

Explosive remnants of war in Ukraine

29 Mar 2022

DRC in Ukraine: Emergency aid to Odesa

22 Mar 2022

Press release: Ukraine Urgent action needed to protect civilians from effects of conflict

04 Mar 2022

UKRAINE UPDATE: DRC is mobilizing an effective, broad, and timely humanitarian response

04 Mar 2022

Press release: All fleeing conflict must have access to safety and protection and humanitarian assistance to the affected population must be ensured

25 Feb 2022

Chaos in Ukraine: We are there

24 Feb 2022

Press release: DRC response to violent escalation of conflict in Ukraine

19 Feb 2022

Press release: An escalation of the conflict in Ukraine will increase already high humanitarian needs

16 Dec 2021

12,000 pushbacks in 2021 reflects worrying normalization of illegal practice

03 Dec 2021

Need for calm and proportional response at the EUs external borders

26 Nov 2021

Joint Statement: Call on the EU: Restore Rights and Values at Europe’s Borders

03 Aug 2021

Croatia/EU Border Monitoring System: Effective Mechanism Needed - Independent, Broad Mandate, Adequate Resources

23 Jul 2021

Using family separation as deterrent – new report documents alarming illegal push-back methods

22 Jul 2021

Supporting refugees in open sites in Greece

07 Jul 2021

Countering human smuggling: No silver bullet for safer mobility

02 Jul 2021

“Refugees need a proper living space as much as anyone else”

03 Jun 2021

Danish press release: Reaction to the Danish bill to potentially externalize the asylum procedure

03 Jun 2021

Statement on the Danish proposal to potentially externalize the asylum procedure

12 May 2021

Push back of responsibility: Human Rights Violations as a Welcome Treatment at Europe’s Borders

09 May 2021

Refugee Mothers in Greece Fight for a Better Future for Themselves and Their Children

18 Mar 2021

Open letter: Five years after the EU-Turkey Statement, European Civil Society Demands an End to Containment and Deterrence at the EU’s External Borders

24 Feb 2021

Cultural Mediators support refugees in Greece

18 Feb 2021

HELIOS National Sensitization Campaign

18 Feb 2021

Refugees are in need of legal aid in Greece

17 Feb 2021

When I grow up

17 Feb 2021

Danish press release: Reaction to Denmark’s decision to revoke Syrian refugees’ residence permits

15 Feb 2021

Refugee mothers in Greece

30 Nov 2020

A challenging year

11 Nov 2020

Thousands of refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina will face hardship during winter

10 Nov 2020

Turning rhetoric into reality: New monitoring mechanism at European borders should ensure fundamental rights and accountability

23 Sep 2020

Press release: Asylum and Migration Pact

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Previous newsletters:

SEP 2023: Go Green

JUL/AUG 2023: Summer edition

MAY/JUN 2023: Mixed Migration

MAR/APR 2023: Go Digital

FEB 2023: Ukraine Crisis Response - One Year On

JAN 2023: Working through partnerships

DEC 2022: Winter aid

NOV 2022: Expanding access to legal aid 

OCT 2022: Improving protection of the hard-to-reach

Timeline of the chronology of new country operations in Europe since DRC was established in 1956. Graphics: Mireia Gil Mora

Timeline of the chronology of new country operations in Europe since DRC was established in 1956. Graphics: Mireia Gil Mora

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