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26 Apr 2016 description

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

21 Apr 2016 description

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.

20 Apr 2016 description

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 Apr 2016 description

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).

05 Apr 2016 description

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.

05 Apr 2016 description
report European Union


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.

04 Apr 2016 description
report European Commission

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.

On migration

26 Mar 2016 description

1. Highlights

  • 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.

24 Mar 2016 description


The Building Communities of Practice for Urban Refugees Workshop in Hungary, Budapest

19 Mar 2016 description

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.

18 Mar 2016 description

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.

17 Mar 2016 description

[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.

16 Mar 2016 description

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.

13 Mar 2016 description

Greece - On Wednesday (09/03) 33 asylum seekers had the opportunity to make a fresh start in Finland through the EU’s ongoing relocation program from Greece.

The group left Greece accompanied by IOM staff and arrived safely in Finland. IOM staff also were on hand at the airport to provide arrival assistance and transfer to the Finnish authorities.

11 Mar 2016 description

The “Migration Flows from Iraq to Europe” report presents the findings of a survey conducted by IOM Iraq during November and December 2015, in the framework of the DFID-funded project “Understanding complex migration flows from Iraq to Europe through movement tracking and awareness campaigns”.

09 Mar 2016 description
report European Union

The Government of Finland is providing today €3 million to help East Jerusalem hospitals maintain critical medical services to Palestinians. The contribution is channelled through the European Union's PEGASE mechanism.

04 Mar 2016 description
report European Union

Syriens, Afghans et Irakiens: principaux demandeurs

En 2015, 1 255 600 primo-demandeurs d’asile ont introduit une demande de protection internationale dans les États membres de l’Union européenne (UE), soit plus du double que l'année précédente.

04 Mar 2016 description
report European Union

Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis: top citizenships

In 2015, 1 255 600 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), a number more than double that of the previous year.

02 Mar 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Kathmandu, March 2, 2016: UNICEF Nepal and the Government of Finland signed an agreement today to co-finance recovery and reconstruction of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities in communities and schools affected by the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015. The Government of Finland will finance UNICEF by 1 million Euro for 2016 and has an option to provide an additional 1 million Euro in 2017.

22 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

As numbers of new arrivals remain stubbornly high, there is increasingly tough talk from several European countries about ramping up deportations of failed asylum seekers.

Read the full article on IRIN