The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.
Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken up to 13 May 2016. Overall, progress remains unsatisfactory since the Commission's second report, despite signs of increased preparation for future action: few relocations have taken place since mid-April, though the pipeline of future relocations has been strengthened.
Baghdad, 16 May 2016 – The Republic of Finland is providing US$1,13 million (€1 million) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in areas newly liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The Finnish contribution will be allocated to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) which channels fast-track support to liberated areas to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation.
Bridging the gap between Information Technology and Pacific Meteorological Services to bring about improved weather and climate forecasts and warnings for Pacific communities is at the core of training held in Samoa this week.
After difficult journeys to Europe, young asylum seekers start new lives with the help of SOS Finland
A delegation of Finnish officials led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Päivi Nerg, negotiated the return of Afghan asylum seekers with the authorities of Afghanistan early this week in Kabul. It was agreed during the negotiations that Finland and Afghanistan will enhance cooperation in the return arrangements for those returning to their home country voluntarily.
Asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors
Slightly more than half are Afghans
In 2015, 88 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. While their number always stood between 11 000 and 13 000 in the EU over the period 2008-2013, it almost doubled in 2014 to reach slightly more than 23 000 persons, then nearly quadrupled in 2015.
Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147
Towards a Professional Media in Libya
Amman, Jordan, 19 April 2016 - Within the framework of UNESCO’s regional programme supporting freedom of expression, two consecutive training workshops for Libyan journalists on conflict-sensitive reporting were launched today in Jordan. The twenty-five participants came from many different parts of Libya, as well as Tunis, Cairo and Amman, representing a wide variety of media outlets.
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Press release 71/2016
18 April 2016
Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Pierre Krähenbühl will visit Finland on 19 April to meet with Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka. The meeting will focus on the situation of the Palestine refugees in both the Palestinian territories and in Syria and its neighbouring countries.
13/04/2016 - Development aid totalled USD 131.6 billion in 2015, representing a rise of 6.9% from 2014 in real terms as aid spent on refugees in host countries more than doubled in real terms to USD 12 billion. Stripping out funds spent on refugees, aid was still up 1.7% in real terms, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
Turkey - Since 4 April, IOM Turkey has facilitated the departure of 74 Syrians for resettlement to Europe as part of the 18 March 2016 agreement between EU Heads of State and the Government of Turkey.
As the first three boats carrying migrants departed Greece for Turkey under the deal, IOM’s office in Turkey arranged the logistics for the resettlement of the refugees from Turkey to Europe.
In 2015, Member States reported more than 1 820 000 detections of illegal border-crossing along the external borders.
This never-before-seen figure was more than six times the number of detections reported in 2014, which was itself an unprecedented year, with record monthly averages observed since April 2014.
European Commission - Statement
Brussels, 4 April 2016
Press statement to Ebs in Ankara
I have just met with the President of the Turkish Republic. It was a very constructive meeting. Before that I met with Prime Minister Davutoglu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Interior.
Whether it is addressing the ongoing refugee crisis or fighting terrorism, Turkey is our key partner, and the EU is Turkey's partner. Today's meetings happened in this light.
The total number of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and in the Western Balkans is 53,941. For a more detailed look, please see the accommodation pages of Greece, fYROM, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
On March 18, EU leaders met with their Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmed Davutoğlu. They reached an agreement aimed at stopping the flow of irregular migration via Turkey to Europe. The main action points of the agreement are available here.
FINDINGS AND HIGHLIGHTS
The Building Communities of Practice for Urban Refugees Workshop in Hungary, Budapest
Finland will send blankets, tarpaulins, soap and 200 tents to Greece through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to improve conditions in refugee camps. Greece has requested material assistance from other EU countries, because the number of migrants crossing the border between Greece and Macedonia has increased dramatically, and conditions in the camps are harsh.
Finland grants EUR 61.9 million in humanitarian aid to the most severe crisis areas in the world. On 17 March, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka decided that aid will be granted to, for example, Syria and its neighbouring areas, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Yemen.
[Yangon – March 11] The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has received 4 million Euros (approximately USD 4.4 M) from the Government of Finland to support the agency’s work in Myanmar in the areas of democratic governance, local development and environmental sustainability.
Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU is implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available unclassified data as of March 4, 2016.