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Migrant Crisis: How ordinary people are helping out

Europe's migrant crisis is intensifying and is showing no signs of an immediate solution.

In recent days, European leaders have stepped up their support, from U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron offering sanctuary to up to 20,000 refugees by 2020, to Chancellor Angela Merkel saying Germany could handle 800,000 asylum seekers arriving in 2015.

A policeman directs migrants to a holding area for food and water after crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary on September 6.
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A policeman directs migrants to a holding area for food and water after crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary on September 6.

"The only possibility is to have European institutions able to work with the (refugee crisis) puzzle as a whole," Enrico Letta, Italy's former prime minister, told CNBC Friday.

But it's not just politicians calling the shots but everyday individuals. CNBC takes a look at some of the generous efforts made to help out.


Crowds funding

CalAid

London based volunteer group, CalAid, supports displaced people across Europe, by setting up Calais migrant camps through the use of donations. On their JustGiving crowdfunding page, CalAid have already raised over £140,900 ($216,325), which goes to providing food, shelter and clothing for those displaced by the crisis.

Jaz O'Hara, co-founder of CalAid told CNBC that the group was overwhelmed by people's generosity and their response to the "emotional, raw account of the camp."


Other projects

Other projects have started over the past few weeks, eager to help those currently displaced.

From London pub, Norman's Coach and Horses, who have raised money online to send chefs to Calais to cook for those in need; to student activists raising money to deliver essentials from dictionaries to waterproof clothes.

Every little helps

Amazon

A group of U.K. individuals, including television presenter and writer, Dawn O'Porter, set up an Amazon Wish List in response to the crisis. Amazon customers then purchase music, books, and more, which are then donated to refugees in Calais and elsewhere. They have also raised over £53,650 ($82.4K) through online crowdfunding.

A warm welcome

In some countries and places, many migrants don't always get the warmest welcome on their arrival. However, in recent days, crowds all over the world have opened their arms, donated clothes and written signs to make sure individuals know they're wanted.

Crowds in Australia held a candle-lit gathering to show their support towards the crisis, while Germany supplied newcomers with clothing, toys and other donated gifts. On top of that, a large banner saying "refugees welcome" was attached to Madrid's City Hall, in Spain.

People are even opening up their homes to refugees, from those in Germany and Iceland, to the Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipila.

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Raising awareness

Many actions have been taken across Europe to raise awareness about the crisis, with multiple petitions asking for help. An online petition asking the U.K. government to offer "proportional asylum" to migrants has gained over 433,000 signatures. In the U.S. citizens are now stepping up, asking the U.S. to increase resettlement numbers for Syrian refugees.

—By CNBC's Alexandra Gibbs, follow her on Twitter @AlexGibbsy.