Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about refugees and migration. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has repeatedly referred to concentration camps when talking about migration in Europe. See more: euvsdisinfo.eu/report/brussels-summit-discusses-creation-of-concentration-camps-for-migrants/,
For background on the centres for migrants see: www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/07/03/report-by-president-donald-tusk-to-the-european-parliament-on-june-european-council-meetings/, and www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44652846,
The European Council called in June on the Council and the Commission to swiftly explore the concept of regional disembarkation platforms, in close cooperation with relevant third countries as well as UNHCR and IOM. Such platforms should operate distinguishing individual situations, in full respect of international law and without creating a pull factor.
The Council concluded that on EU territory, those who are saved, according to international law, should be taken charge of, on the basis of a shared effort, through the transfer in controlled centres set up in Member States, only on a voluntary basis, where rapid and secure processing would allow, with full EU support, to distinguish between irregular migrants, who will be returned, and those in need of international protection, for whom the principle of solidarity would apply. All the measures in the context of these controlled centres, including relocation and resettlement, will be on a voluntary basis, without prejudice to the Dublin reform." www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/06/29/20180628-euco-conclusions-final/,
The Syrian crisis is the world's worst humanitarian disaster. The EU is the leading donor in the international response to the crisis, with over €10.6 billion from the EU and Member States collectively allocated in humanitarian and development assistance since the start of the conflict.
Since 2011, the European Commission’s support in response to the Syrian crisis has exceeded €5 billion, including both urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance, and non-humanitarian aid, which responds to immediate and medium-term needs. The Commission has allocated almost €1.1 billion in assistance to civilians inside Syria (almost 70% is humanitarian, channelled through EU humanitarian aid- €753 million, and non-humanitarian: ENI – €268.6 million, IcSP – €73.8 million, EIDHR – €16.1 million, DCI-Food – €15.9 million). eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/22664/eu-and-crisis-syria_en,
In the Syrian war, Russia supports the al-Assad government.
See more for the EU's humanitarian aid to Libya, Iraq, and Yemen.