Separated from their husbands, parents and children, four women escaped the war in Syria in hope of finding a safe place to live. Their paths crossed at the Turkish Red Crescent’s community centre in Kilis where learning the local language is bringing them together.

The IFRC’s European Regional Office works in support of 53 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Through its Country Cluster Support Teams and Country Offices, it provides coordination, financial  and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

Latest news from Europe

Snapshot of the Minecraft world - featuring  a digital edition of Reddie, the mascot of the Finnish Red Cross youth.

Loneliness is a serious problem in Finland with about 10 per cent of teenagers and young adults feeling isolated. Face-to-face activities that bring people together have been the backbone of Finnish Red Cross volunteer programmes and 2017 saw them taken to the next level – online gaming.

18 December 2017
Hernin Rodriguez Girlado, 26, explains participants to the Spanish Red Cross’s Employment Plan the vision of the company as well as the skills necessary to complete sales and logistics related jobs. /Spanish Red Cross

When Spanish DIY company AKI Bricolaje offered Hernin Rodriguez Girlado a job at the firm’s warehouse, he was relieved to put the long struggle to find regular work behind him. Hernin joined the Spanish Red Cross’ Employment Plan – a large-scale initiative designed to help people under 30 without formal qualifications to develop professional skills.

30 November 2017

At least 20 people have been killed and hundreds of homes damaged after flash flooding swept parts of Greece.

20 November 2017

A heroic high school student who stepped in to save the life of his physics teacher has hit the headlines in Israel.

15 November 2017

Servicemen struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ukraine is the subject of a photo exhibition shining light on the impact of conflict on mental health.

8 November 2017
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Europe in focus

Growing vulnerabilities report

The recently published “Growing Vulnerabilities: increased action” is a follow up  to the “Europe in Crisis – Think Differently” report, providing updates on the humanitarian needs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response in the region. The report was produced in cooperation with the Centre for Policy Studies at the Central European University in Budapest and it presents evidence of the Red Cross and Red Crescent actions and patterns in cooperation with stakeholders in the areas of migration, volunteering and social action.