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27 Nov 2015 description

Today, Afghans constitute the largest group of asylum seekers to Norway. While many young Afghan men cross the Storskog border in Finnmark, women are fleeing inside their homeland, Afghanistan. ”I lost two of my childhood friends in suicide bombings. And one day, when I was going to the gym, a bomb exploded in the street", Farshid says.

He entered Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) meet him on the Greek Island of Chios.

”You cannot feel safe there”, he says referring to his hometown, Kabul.

19 Nov 2015 description
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Baghdad, 19 November 2015– The Kingdom of Norway and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a $1.8 million partnership agreement today to support stabilization in newly liberated areas in Iraq. Norway’s contribution will be channeled through UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

18 Nov 2015 description

ADDIS ABABA – Thanks to timely contributions from key donors, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to continue food distributions later this month for more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia, and can scale up nutrition help to more than 700,000 children and nursing mothers in the most drought-affected areas. The scaling up of food and nutrition support is crucial to prevent vulnerable people falling into a deeper crisis.

18 Nov 2015 description

17 November 2015 - To support basic education in South Sudan, the Norwegian government today announced a $5.8 million donation to the country at a ceremony held in Juba.

The donation, which will be channeled through UNICEF over a two-year period, follows a decision by the Norwegian government to make education a main priority in its development assistance programmes.

According to Tone Tinnes, Norway’s Ambassador to South Sudan, her country increased support to education worldwide this year and selected four countries with which to work.

12 Nov 2015 description

Continuing its recent support for building food secure futures for the people of South Sudan, Norway has today contributed a further $7.7 million to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help tackle hunger among conflict-affected farmers, fishers and herders in 2016.

07 Nov 2015 description

By Lucy Schouten

Immigration law prevents crossing of the border between Russia and Norway without a visa by car or on foot, but desperate refugees are avoiding the dangerous sea crossing by using bicycles to enter Norway.

Refugees fleeing Middle East violence for safety in Europe have used any means necessary, employing inflatable rafts, criminal smuggling gangs and, now, bicycles.

30 Oct 2015 description

'We are facing the largest refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War. Current estimates indicate that at least 33 000 asylum seekers and refugees will seek protection in Norway in 2016. If these estimates are correct, three times as many people will seek protection in Norway in 2016 as in 2014. The Government is proposing an increase in the aid budget for 2016 of NOK 1.2 billion,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The proposed aid budget for 2016 is thus NOK 34.8 billion, which is over 1 % of Norway's gross national income (GNI).

30 Oct 2015 description

Oslo, 30 October 2015 - More than 300 participants from the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the UN, European Union, NGOs, universities, research institutions and the private sector are meeting today in Oslo to discuss the need for a shift in humanitarian action towards the proactive tackling of risks rather than just reactively responding to crises.

The Resilience for Real conference in Oslo, hosted by the Norwegian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, will focus on how to move the concept of resilience from “buzzword” to reality.

29 Oct 2015 description
report European Union

A Norwegian vessel taking part in the Frontex-coordinated Operation Poseidon Sea played a crucial role in the rescue operation off the Greek island of Lesbos on Wednesday, saving 120 of the 242 rescued migrants.

Norway’s Peter Henry Von Koss was the first to arrive at the rescue site, where more than two hundred people were floating around a sinking wooden fishing boat. The Norwegian crew immediately began rescuing people, putting them on board, as well as onto a smaller rescue boat the larger vessel was carrying.

15 Oct 2015 description

Oslo, Norway | AFP | Thursday 10/15/2015 - 12:56 GMT

Norway wants to send back to Russia Syrian refugees who have lived there for a long time before applying for asylum in the Scandinavian country, Norwegian media reported Thursday.

Since the start of the year, some 1,100 Syrians have entered the Schengen zone -- of which Norway is a member, even though it is not a part of the EU -- by crossing the Arctic and the Storskog border station dividing northern Russia and Norway.

12 Oct 2015 description

Pledges confirmed since 2013: 96,688
Additional places/visas granted under other forms of admission: 14,074
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 19,646
TOTAL places made available to date: 130,408

09 Oct 2015 description
report The New York Times


STORSKOG, Norway — Pelted by hailstones and buffeted by an icy wind, Yasir Arslanuk, a 55-year-old Syrian engineer, his wife and two young sons wobbled across the border from Russia into Norway astride bicycles last week, the latest migrants to complete an improbable new route to Europe.

Read the story on the New York Times

09 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (AM)

General Assembly President Urges Continuing Support in Absence of Solution to Palestinian Question, amid Broader Refugee Crisis

A total of 21 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2016 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials urged stable financing for the Agency against a backdrop of expanding crises in the Middle East.

08 Oct 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HA NOI (VNS) — Norway will spend as much as VND16 billion (US$720,800) to help over 33,000 people across Viet Nam fight natural disasters.

The budget targeting the northern provinces of Ha Giang and Lao Cai and the central Nghe An Province is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Norwegian Red Cross.

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.

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.

18 Sep 2015 description

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from Norway worth a total of NOK 130 million to support vulnerable people in countries where the need for WFP’s food assistance is most desperate; Syria and neighbouring countries, Yemen and South Sudan.