Apple And JPMorgan Respond To Europe’s Refugee Crisis

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – An emergency meeting took place in Brussels with leaders from the European Union (EU) on 23 September to tackle the relocation of 120,000 refugees. The European Council President Donald Tusk called for "a concrete plan" to secure the EU's external borders, "in place of the arguments and the chaos we have witnessed in the past weeks". On arriving at the meeting, the British Prime Minister David Cameron said the U.K. would give another £100m ($152m) to help Syrian refugees, including £40m towards the World Food Programme.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, emailed staff about his concerns for refugees in Europe, saying that the company was making a 'substantial donation' to humanitarian organisations working with suffering refugees. As reported by the British national newspaper the Telegraph, Cook's email stated, “As we've all seen and read in the news, millions of people from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries have fled their homes because of war and persecution.” “Europe, where many hope to find safety, is experiencing a refugee crisis on a scale that hasn't been seen since World War Two.”

It’s not just Apple responding to this international emergency. JPMorgan Chase & Co. too, has announced up to $2 million in donations from its foundation and for employees to provide immediate relief to refugees to help address the humanitarian emergency in Europe. Grants totalling $1 million from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation will support Save the Children, Oxfam, International Rescue Committee and International Medical Corps. These organisations, all on the ground, are providing vital resources from food to water to hygienic kits and medical support to refugees arriving in countries such as Italy, Turkey, Greece and Lebanon.

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation is also launching an employee giving campaign that will match employee donations dollar-for-dollar to these organisations. Specifically, the Foundation will double donations made by employees up to $500,000 for a total of $1 million in additional support. JPMorgan Chase will support organisations working on the frontlines of the crisis to provide humanitarian relief to refugees from Syria and other countries in the region.

Save the Children is scaling up services within Syria, across the Middle East and in Europe to ensure the needs of refugee children and families on the move are met. It will ensure there are child-friendly spaces available for children and families, providing critical hygiene, shelter, baby care and other supplies to refugees. Oxfam is delivering clean water, sanitation and vital support for families in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Oxfam is also helping those arriving in Italy, providing food, clothes, shoes and personal hygiene kits including long-term psychological and legal support. International Rescue Committee is helping with access to clean water and clothing, in addition to information on legal rights for refugees who arrive in Greece. International Medical Corps is reinforcing its services in Greece, Turkey, Hungary and the region to deploy mobile medical teams and to distribute urgently needed supplies. 

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