CRS Responds to Syrian Refugee and Migrant Crisis

Once a vibrant hub of Middle Eastern culture and history, Syria been embroiled in a civil war for the past four years, which has killed as many as 200,000 Syrians and left approximately 10 million people displaced, inside and outside Syria.  Catholic Relief Services is working with our Catholic Church partners and others across the region to assist more than 700,000 refugees with shelter assistance, education, food, medical care, hygiene and living supplies, livelihoods support and trauma counseling for children.

We invite you to respond with CRS by praying, learning, acting and giving with your campus community.


Raise your hearts and voices in prayer to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Syria.

Refugees hurry to the Mixer House distribution center near the Belgrade, Serbia bus station.  CRS, working with Caritas, has been distributing hygiene kits, food and other basic items to the thousands of refugees that are passing through Belgrade daily. Photo by Kira Horvath for CRS


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CRS Ramps up Refugee Response in Europe (12.17.15):

CRS VP of Advocacy and Government Relations, Bill O'Keefe, is interviewed by MSNBC about Syrian Refugees in light of the Paris Attacks:

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A young boy from Syria tries to stay warm inside a tent at a refugee aid point in Kanijza, Serbia. Photo by Kira Horvath for CRS.



Pope Francis has urged generous support for refugees from Syria and elsewhere and has opened the Vatican's churches to host refugee families.  He has also called on elected officials to be peacemakers and to press for a solution to violent conflict in Syria and beyond.  You may not be able to house a refugee family, but you can still make a huge difference.  Send a message to your members of Congress today and urge them to lead the world in a coordinated response to save the lives of our brothers and sisters in Syria




As conflict worsens in the Middle East, millions of displaced families need our support.  You can create your own fundraising page to invite your peers to help provide immediate assistance to the families affected by the terrifying violence.  You will receive a link/page to use that can be distributed widely on campus and/or used at a particular event on the topic.  This is the perfect way to keep track of how much money is donated by your college or university. 






Refugees gather at a park near the Belgrade, Serbia bus station waiting for transportation to the Hungary border and relief items from the Red Cross. Photo by Kira Horvath for CRS.