“My children in Somalia always talk about the explosions and terrorist attacks that still persist 30 years since the start of the war. That’s why I came to Belgium, and I’d like to bring them (my children) here.”
Ali Adan Osman, asylum seeker in Belgium, who receives assistance from Caritas Belgium.
“When I realised that my daughter was scared to leave the basement in Kyiv to eat in our kitchen, it took me only a few minutes to decide to leave Ukraine.”
Yevheniia Bondarenko, employee at Caritas Belgium’s telephone helpline for Ukraine.
Worldwide more than 1.5 million people are in need of resettlement, a crucial life-saving tool to bring refugees to a country where they will receive long-term protection. However, only around 20,000 refugees were admitted to the EU in 2021 through resettlement or humanitarian admission.
We call on European countries to increase resettlement and enable more safe pathways to Europe. This is a matter of global solidarity since countries near conflict zones have been accepting almost 90% of the world’s displaced for years, despite numerous domestic challenges, which have only worsened by soaring food insecurity and supply chain challenges linked to the war in Ukraine.