According to statistics from the International Organization for Migration, from the start of 2015 to mid-October 137,313 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy and 466,111 people have crossed to Greece. Once they have arrived, many refugees travel towards central and northern Europe. Currently most refugees are travelling along the route through the western Balkans, from Greece, through FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, to Germany.
There's no break from the situation in Syria. And even less for the people living there. Families, men, women and unaccompanied children are continuously setting off, through Turkey, Greece and Austria, and even as the weather gets colder and wetter. Running away from the war with no end in sight. They prefer to spend weeks trudging on foot to Germany than to stay in their homes between two battle fronts waiting to be killed.
The Swiss Red Cross (SRC) supports the National Red Cross Societies in Greece, Serbia, Germany and Lebanon with logistic experts, relief supplies as e.g. foodstuffs, toiletries, warm clothing and rainwear, medical and psychosocial care, cash, etc.
Most vulnerable Syrian refugee families (80%) and vulnerable Lebanese families (20%) in target area have better means to cover their priority basic needs during 12 months. 500 families are identified and selected in Akkar district (Lebanon) and those families receive monthly cash assistance during 12 months.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).