As the EU bank, the EIB is committed to working together with partners to help define and deliver an effective response to the global forced displacement crisis and further strengthen economic development contributions. This is being achieved by:
- focusing on the socioeconomic aspects of the crises
- helping communities to facilitate the acceptance and inclusion of the forcibly displaced
- supporting economic resilience, through such initiatives as investing in the private sector to create jobs and real economic opportunities.
At the request of the European Council, we are developing a specific initiative to support economic resilience in the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans regions, both of which have been significantly impacted by the refugee crisis on the EU’s doorstep.
The influx of refugees into European Union over the past year presents one of the greatest challenges ever faced by the European Union. Political instability and conflict in the EU’s neighbouring countries are driving this mass movement of people. The need for action with immediate impact is clear.
While the solution to the root causes of the crisis will ultimately be found around the negotiating table, there is in the meantime a role and a responsibility for those of us committed to furthering peace and prosperity in Europe and its neighbourhood to confront the challenges. The current refugee crisis is a reminder of the interconnectedness of development issues, not only with geopolitics, but also with growth and investment policies in every country.
As the EU’s bank and the largest IFI lender for projects in the pre-accession and MENA regions, the EIB is committed to assisting EU Member States in addressing the refugee crisis in host countries, transit countries and countries of origin. Our experience of more than three decades in the region means we are best placed to deliver financing as part of the EU response.