5 practical ways you can help refugees trying to find safety in Europe

As the crisis affecting thousands of people worsens, here's what you can do

A new report from the United Nations refugee agency says that more than 2,500 migrants and refugees have died or gone missing this year while crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

As European leaders increasingly try to prevent refugees and migrants from settling in the continent, more and more refugees are dying in their desperation to flee persecution and reach safety.

Here are some of the ways you can help at home.

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Refugee children sleep in the surrounding green area of the Keleti railway station in Budapest

Make a donation

Make a financial donation to a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is doing related humanitarian work overseas. These could include:

Save the Children: distributing essential items such as diapers, hygiene kits and food

Red Cross Europe: providing emergency health services at central train stations

Migrant Offshore Aid Station: dedicated to preventing migrant deaths at sea

International Rescue Committee:  improving living conditions by setting up camps

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR): providing water, mosquito nets, tents, healthcare

Refugee Action: advice about claiming asylum, the asylum process, asylum support

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A displaced Syrian child is viewed in a makeshift camp for Syrian refugees only miles from the border with Syria in the Bekaa Valley

Get involved with grassroots groups

JustGiving has received more than 2,500 donations from 32 countries for Calais migrant fundraising efforts. Here are just a few of them:

The Worldwide Tribe in Calais: Travel blog documenting the story of the people in the Calais 'jungle' is also connected to a crowdfunding site

Glasgow Solidarity with Calais Migrants: Diane and Bob are driving to Calais with supplies

North East Solidarity with Calais Refugees: Buying food, bedding and warm clothing

Side by Side: A family in Thurrock joining to help with basic humanitarian aid

Association Salam: 19-year-old Tom McElholm is driving to Calais with supplies

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4 million Syrians have fled their country since the war began

Volunteer, donate, collect

Calais Migrant Solidarity: organising aid from the UK to those stranded in Calais. Includes details to find local groups for clothes collections and donations here

Doctors of the World: providing care to vulnerable people, advocating for rights to health

Music Against Borders: appealing for people to donate musical instruments to Calais

The Jungle Library: makeshift library set up at the camp at Calais. They need more books

Folkestone United: organising protests, taking donated goods to Calais in September

Avaaz.org: lobbying local councils, providing language support, housing refugees

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A girl holds a balloon and a teddy bear in a holding area at Munich Hauptbahnhof main railway station on 1 September

 

Buy specific items for those who need help

● An Amazon wish list has been set up for people to buy specific items such as shoes and sleeping bags to be delivered to Calais as part of the appeal #KentforCalais and #HelpCalais. The truck leaves on 17 September

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Germany has been more welcoming to refugees

Put your name to a petition

Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK

80 Syrian war refugees are waiting in Calais for their rightful and legal asylum in the UK

Create a compassionate Euro-wide policy to deal with refugee migrants

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