According to the UN refugee agency more than two million Syrian citizens are now refugees.
Hannes Swoboda, president of the Socialists and Democrats Group, said:
The number of refugees from Syria has now surpassed two million, with more than a million children who were forced to flee their home country.
Giving an adequate answer to this humanitarian catastrophe must be a concern of top priority for the international community and the Union.
The number of refugees can only increase in case of an intervention.
So far there has been limited action to take care of this problem and we need a joint policy on European level, not only from the EU but also from Member States.
S&D vice-president on foreign affairs Véronique De Keyser said:
Putting an end to violence in Syria and ensuring that humanitarian aid reaches those in need of basic goods and services in the country and its neighbours must be an immediate priority for the Union and other international actors. This is our moral duty.
Special attention must be paid to Palestinians in Syria, who are trapped in violence with the borders of Jordan and Lebanon closed to them.
A lasting solution to the crisis in Syria can only be achieved through a political process.
The opportunity offered by the upcoming G20 meeting should not be missed to make steps on this path.
Contact: Dimitris Komodromos, S&D Group in the European Parliament