The European migrant crisis is becoming a huge issue for the EU. The influx of refugees and migrants puts a strain on the countries they’re fleeing to and economies could suffer. These issues are certainly not easy to deal with. As a government you want to first and foremost take care of the people of your country. As humans you also don’t want to turn people in need away even if there is burden there. While there is no simple solution to these situations it is good to see companies like Google step up to assist in monetary form. Google announced through its European blog that they would be donating €1M to help with the current migrant crisis.
Google.org is donating €1M to organisations who are providing front-line humanitarian relief to migrants and refugees, such as International Rescue Committee, Médecins Sans Frontières, and UNHCR. These organisations are providing essential assistance, including shelter, food and water, and medical care, to people in dire need.
In addition, we are creating a public site to help people make their own donations and are matching Googler donations as well.
It’s always good to see companies like Google step up and donate to world issues and it’s easy to take them to task for not donating more. But €1M is nothing to sneeze at and more importantly what Google is doing is motivating others to take action and donate as well. We’ll update this post with the public site Google ends up posting so that you can get involved if you so wish.