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07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre

Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang

L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed

Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis

The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.

02 Oct 2015 description

Helsinki, Finland | AFP | Friday 10/2/2015 - 12:22 GMT | 252 words

Finland on Friday updated its estimate of asylum seekers arriving in 2015 from 30,000 to 50,000 -- which would be nearly 14 times as many as last year.

"The new estimate is that altogether around 50,000 asylum seekers would come to Finland this year," the interior ministry said in a statement.

Finland has seen an unprecedented influx of migrants in recent months as part of the huge wave of people arriving in Europe from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

24 Sep 2015 description

The registration centre in Tornio is up and running. Finnish authorities have now managed to halt the uncontrolled flow of asylum seekers from Northern Finland to other parts of the country. All those registered in Tornio have been provided with accommodation. For those registered today, 200 people already have a reception place and the rest will be accommodated later during the day.

23 Sep 2015 description

Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 9/17/2015 - 12:20 GMT

by Danny Kemp and Lachlan Carmichael

EU leaders were to stage an emergency summit Wednesday on boosting aid and tightening borders to tackle the migration crisis, but a growing east-west split over a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees threatened to poison the talks.

Hours before the meeting, Hungary's prime minister rejected Angela Merkel's "moral imperialism" over the worst such crisis since World War II while Slovakia said it would dispute the refugee quota deal in court.

23 Sep 2015 description
report European Commission

What is the European Agenda on Migration and what is its state of play?

Tackling migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The Agenda, adopted on 13 May 2015 put forward concrete actions to respond to the immediate crisis and save lives at sea, and proposed structural responses for the medium and long term.

21 Sep 2015 description

Western Balkans route ECHO contribution

• The Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) activated by Hungary (11 September) requesting shelters (252), beddings (1000) and blankets (3000); as 17 September 15, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland and Slovenia had responded with items requested, including the totality of the shelter requirements.

18 Sep 2015 description

On Friday 18 September, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo held a press conference on the migration pressures on Finland. The Government will monitor the situation closely, and the authorities have increased preparedness in Northern Finland. Pressures have built up significantly in the Tornio region, in particular.

07 Sep 2015 description

The village of Epau in Vanuatu, now has a draft Community Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan and an Action Plan which will guide development in the community.Thirty representatives from Epauon Efate Island in Vanuatu went back to the drawing board to develop its Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan thanks to a joint initiative by SPREP and the Government of Vanuatu through the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department, the Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), the Vanuatu Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

04 Sep 2015 description
report Salvation Army

AS European leaders seek to deal with what an EU (European Union) representative called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, The Salvation Army is responding across the continent, providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.

20 Aug 2015 description

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10 Jul 2015 description

HELSINKI, 10 July 2015 – High-level representatives of governments from OSCE participating States and their Mediterranean and Asian Partners for Co-operation gathered today in Helsinki to mark the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act.

The commemorative event, followed by the high-level discussion, symbolically took place in the Finlandia Hall where the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe was signed on 1 August 1975.

11 Jun 2015 description
report Guardian

The new centre-right Finnish government has decided to cut development aid by 43%, prompting furious reactions from NGOs and fears other EU countries will follow its example.

The new Finnish government, which took power on 29 May and has former EU commissioner Olli Rehn as minister of economic affairs, has decided to reduce the budget for development cooperation by 43%.

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22 May 2015 description

The European Commission is facilitating the deployment of a large cargo of equipment to Nepal. International Humanitarian Partnership countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Luxembourg) will establish a "base camp" for 60 humanitarian workers to support relief operations in the Sindhupalchowk district.

05 May 2015 description

Finland will grant an additional one million euros in humanitarian aid to help the earthquake victims in Nepal.

The aid will be channelled via the World Health Organization WHO (EUR 500,000) and the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF (EUR 500,00). Finland's total support to the Nepal earthquake victims is more than EUR 3 million and it will be allocated from the humanitarian aid appropriations that make part of Finland's development cooperation funds.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Finnish Red Cross

Approximately 16 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. There is a constant danger of running out of food, water, and fuel.

The humanitarian situation in Yemen gets worse every day. There is a shortage of medicine, clean water, and fuel. There are fears food may also run out. Yemen is an impoverished country where approximately 16 million people were in need of help even before the conflict began. The fighting makes the situation of those already in a weak position even worse.

02 Apr 2015 description

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Finland will contribute EUR 15 million to help the victims of the Syrian crisis. Under-Secretary of State Anne Sipiläinen informed about Finland's support in the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Kuwait City on 31 March. High-level representatives from the donor countries and the neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees participated in the Conference.

16 Mar 2015 description

Finland has signed a new multi-year funding agreement that will see the long-term partner of UNRWA contribute EUR 4.5 million (US$ 4.8 million) per year to the UNRWA General Fund between 2015 and 2018.