[Translate to Englisch:] Kindergruppe mit Rotkreuzhelferin
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GRC refugee relief abroad

The GRC is committed to helping refugees in many crisis regions. Around 79,5 million people worldwide are refugees – one percent of the world's population.

About 75 per cent of all refugees come from Syria, followed by Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar. Many people are also fleeing from other conflict-ridden regions of East Africa, from Yemen, Iraq and Ukraine. 80 per cent of all displaced persons come from regions where people suffer from acute food insecurity.


The humanitarian situation in Syria, more than nine years after the outbreak of the conflict, remains catastrophic: 6.2 million people are displaced within Syria. 5.3 million seek refuge in neighbouring countries. In total, more than 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

In Syria the GRC works closely together with its affiliate organisation, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The GRC has its own staff on the ground in Damascus, who are coordinating the relief work. We also assist Syrian refugees in the severely affected neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. In 2019 refugees crossing Bosnia-Herzegovina were supplied with humanitarian goods like food, clothes and hygiene kits.


On September, the 13th/14th – after a fire in Moria left 11.000 people homeless – the GRC sent four flights with a total of 500 family tents to the Greek island of Lesbos. This relief operation for Greece is being carried out jointly with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Hellenic Red Cross.

In 2016/17, the German Red Cross cooperated with the Hellenic Red Cross providing medical assistance in Nea Kavala and Kordelio. In addition, the GRC distributed hygiene packages to refugees in Athens, Attica and on the island of Lesbos.


Another focus of our refugee aid is Bangladesh, where nearly one million people from neighbouring Myanmar are seeking refuge. Since the beginning of the crisis in 2017, the German Red Cross has been supporting the Bangladesh Red Crescent in supplying people in need with medicine, water, food and materials for housing construction.

Colombia, Peru and Ecuador

Thousands of people from politically and economically unstable Venezuela flee to Colombia, Peru and Ecuador every day. Supported by the GRC, the Colombian, Peruvian and Ecuadorian Red Cross are helping refugees along the migration routes with various health services, essential relief supplies, contact options with relatives and guidance. The humanitarian assistance, which began in Colombia, was extended to Peru and Ecuador in 2019.

Other countries

Moreover, the German Red Cross has been present in Sudan for over ten years. We also assist people in Yemen and in Uganda.

Projects we support:

  • [Translate to Englisch:]

    Syria: Humanitarian Emergency Aid

    After years of conflict, Syria is largely in ruins. More than half of the former population have lost their livelihoods and are widely dependent on humanitarian aid. Millions of people are displaced within their homeland. Others have fled outside Syria and often found temporary accommodation in the neighbouring countries, such as Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon. Since 2012, the German Red Cross has been providing humanitarian aid in Syria and the neighbouring countries.
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  • Hilfe für geflüchtete Menschen aus Bangladesch

    Bangladesh: Humanitarian aid for refugees in Cox's Bazar

    Around 900,000 people that have fled from the violence in Myanmar are leading a makeshift life in Bangladesh beeing widely dependent on humanitarian aid. Since their arrival in August 2017, the German Red Cross has been in Action to assist them.
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  • [Translate to Englisch:]

    North Iraq emergency relief

    Since early 2014 Iraq has been suffering repeated heavy fighting. With no end in sight, in the meantime more than 3 million people have been displaced within the country.
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  • Mutter mit Kind und Helferin

    Colombia: Assisting people who fled from Venezuela

    Thousands of people from politically and economically unstable Venezuela flee to Colombia, Peru and Ecuador every day. The GRC supports its partner organizations to assist them.
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  • Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, DRK, Afrika, Auslandshilfe, Entwicklungshilfe, Bevölkerung, Vorsorge, Landwirtschaft, Ernährung

    Uganda: Living with climate change

    The Central African state of Uganda is a country characterised by the aftermath of a civil war, periods of drought, crop failures and epidemics.
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