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25 Jul 2017 description

The UK Met Office and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST PAGASA) established a three-year collaboration agreement on scientific weather-related research to improve weather and climate services. Last July 21, 2017, PAGASA Administrator, Dr. Vicente Malano, and Met Office Director for Meteorological Science, Dr. Simon Vosper, signed the agreement, which also marks the official launch of the Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) Southeast Asia Programme in the Philippines.

24 Jul 2017 description
report Save the Children


Images – both photographs and films – are fundamental to how Save the Children communicates its work. Images are used for fundraising, campaigning and advocacy and in these ways support the aims and objectives of the organisation.

20 Jul 2017 description

In a picturesque English village, one couple have transformed their home into a haven for people who have fled violence and persecution.

By: Warda Aljawahiry in Norfolk, United Kingdom

Sudanese refugee Noah, 27, admits that when he first came to The Grange he wasn’t sure what to expect. But after meeting the manager of the farmhouse an instant friendship was struck, which is still going strong two years later.

20 Jul 2017 description
report Refugee Council

We are delighted that Angus MacNeil, an SNP MP for the Western Isles, today (Wednesday 19 July) introduced a Private Member’s Bill about Refugee Family Reunion in Parliament. Hooray!

This means that the existing rules surrounding refugee family reunion, which prevent refugee families from being together, will be debated by decision makers in Parliament in the coming months. If successful, the law will be changed to enable more refugee families the chance to reunite just when they need each other most.

19 Jul 2017 description
report Refugee Council

A new £1 million funding pot to help community groups support refugees fleeing the war in Syria to settle in the UK has been announced.

The funding was announced by the Home Secretary to mark the one year anniversary of the community sponsorship scheme (Wednesday 19 July).

18 Jul 2017 description

The lack of good migration data has long been recognized as an obstacle to understanding migration and developing an evidence-base for policy [1]. GMDAC MigFacts bring together the available migration data on a variety of themes that are highly relevant to global policy-makers and processes, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

18 Jul 2017 description
  • 33%of international migrants are from G20 countries

  • 50% of international migrants reside in G20 countries

  • 122 million migrants live in G20 countries, representing 2.6% of the total population

18 Jul 2017 description
report Christian Aid

Responding to the report from the National Audit Office into how different parts of Government spend the UK’s aid budget, Christian Aid’s Head of Advocacy, Laura Taylor, said:

“This report again confirms the vast majority of UK overseas aid is being spent well and helping change lives and improve communities around the world.

17 Jul 2017 description

Sea Arrivals

99,864 in Q1-Q2 2017
231,463 in Q1-Q2 2016

361,709 in 2016
1,015,078 in 2015

Dead and Missing

2,253 in Q1-Q2 2017
2,896 in Q1-Q2 2016

5,096 in 2016
3,771 in 2015

17 Jul 2017 description

Baghdad, 17 July 2017 – The Government of the UK has contributed an additional US$5.2 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings the UK’s total contribution to FFS to US$15 million to date.

14 Jul 2017 description

The UK is including vulnerable groups like Iraqi, Palestinian and Kurdish minorities as well as families of mixed nationality affected by the conflict in their Syrian Resettlement programme under which 20,000 vulnerable people are to be resettled by 2020.

14 Jul 2017 description

“I can’t solve the whole Syrian crisis, but I can do something, for a few people.” The words of Olwen Thomas, from the port of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire, southwest Wales, probably sum up the feelings of many people around the world, as we follow news reports about the terrible difficulties that have faced refugee families fleeing the conflict in Syria, as well as other crises around the world.

14 Jul 2017 description

The Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarrar, DFID Deputy Head Judith Herbertson and Country representative UNFPA Hassan Mohtashami attended the event in Marriot Hotel Islamabad.

The London Family Planning Summit was co-hosted today by Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development, Melinda Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Natalia Kanem, UN Population Fund. The Summit focused on practical measures to reduce costs and increase availability for the millions of women who want contraception, but can’t afford or get hold of it.

13 Jul 2017 description

Lifesaving aid to help the people of Mosul rebuild their homes, their city and their lives.

Britain is sending lifesaving aid to help the people of Mosul rebuild their homes, their city and their lives, International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced today.

11 Jul 2017 description

The UK Department for International Development announced £90 million of support for family planning in Ethiopia.

The UK, through its Department for International Development today announced its new Family Planning by Choice programme, which will provide £90 million of support for voluntary family planning in Ethiopia over the next four years.

The programme will work with the Federal Ministry of Health to give millions of women access to modern, voluntary family planning services across the country.

The programme aims to:

05 Jul 2017 description

Alistair Burt has visited Burma on his initial trip as International Development Minister to see first-hand how the UK is supporting Burma to become a more peaceful and prosperous country.

04 Jul 2017 description
report Islamic Relief
  • At least half of those surveyed regard refugees as ‘innocent victims’
  • Yet only 19% in the US, 14% in the UK and 4% in Germany believe more should be admitted
  • Up to 41% associate refugees with terrorism
  • Young people are much more likely to be more welcoming of additional refugees
  • Islamic Relief is providing £40m of annual assistance to 6m refugees/displaced in 26 countries

A new international YouGov poll commissioned for World Refugee Day by Islamic Relief has found that refugees are seen as vulnerable, innocent and deserving of …

04 Jul 2017 description

We, the Interior Ministers, Immigration Ministers, and Attorneys General of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States met in Ottawa on June 26, 2017, to discuss both national security challenges facing our nations and proactive areas for collaboration.

04 Jul 2017 description
report Refugee Council

Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced to Parliament today that the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, launched in 2014 and expanded in September 2015, will no longer exclude non-Syrians living in Syria who are in need of resettlement. These include Iraqis and Palestinians, many of whom had lived in Syria for many years, having been safe there until the conflict in Syria broke out.