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Responding to Humanitarian Crises

Regional conflicts have caused an estimated more than 1 million people a year to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, often in treacherous and dangerous conditions. The Irish Naval Service has been active in a mission to respond to the humanitarian crisis that has unfolded. 

Three Irish naval vessels – L.É. Eithne, L.É. Niamh and L.É. Samuel Beckett – intervened to save almost 8,600 people from drowning in the Mediterranean during 2015.

Through Irish Aid, Ireland has given over €70 million in financial support since 2012 towards dealing with the effects of the ongoing crisis in Syria. Ireland's funding goes to people affected by the crisis within Syria and to those who are displaced to neighbouring countries.

Three Irish naval vessels intervened to save almost 8,600 people from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea during 2015.

We are also helping to address this crisis by volunteering to accept up to 4,000 refugees under EU Relocation and Resettlement programmes, in addition to our existing commitments under UN programmes. 

In 2016, Irish diplomats at the United Nations worked on securing an agreement that will help to ensure the development of a more dignified, humane and compassionate response by the international community to the needs of migrants and their families.