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02 Sep 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Sweden a top destination for asylum seekers in Europe
  • Newcomers find it hard to get jobs
  • Far right makes gains across Nordic region

By Simon Johnson and Johan Sennero

STOCKHOLM, Sep 2 (Reuters) - Sweden may have one of Europe's most generous immigration regimes but there is flip side - one of the poorest records among wealthy industrialised nations of integrating newcomers, especially thousands of refugees, into its labour force.

02 Sep 2015 description

In recent weeks, the upsurge of Syrians seeking asylum in European countries has overwhelmed existing capacity. According to UNHCR, as of July 2015 almost 350,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe since the conflict in Syria began, nearly half applying in Germany and Sweden and one third in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands combined.

31 Aug 2015 description

The Government has decided to relaunch support to Latin America. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has been tasked with producing new aid strategy proposals for Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala. The previous government had decided to phase out support to Bolivia, a process which is now being stopped.

“These countries find themselves at crucial stages and Swedish aid makes a difference.We have therefore decided to continue our support and strengthen our relations,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

20 Aug 2015 description

Genève, Suisse | AFP | jeudi 20/08/2015 - 19:41 GMT

par Ben SIMON

L'Europe s'enferme dans "une situation de déni" face à l'arrivée massive de migrants, qui fuient pour beaucoup des zones de guerre et de violences, a dénoncé jeudi le Haut commissaire des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR), le Portugais Antonio Guterres.

Au lieu de gérer cet afflux en fonction des besoins des sociétés européennes, "nous sommes dans une situation de déni", a-t-il dit dans un entretien avec l'AFP au siège du HCR à Genève.

08 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

HARARE, 25 June, 2015 – Today the Swedish Government contributed US$6 million through UNICEF to support the Government in its continued efforts to revive the social sectors.

This latest allocation, through UNICEF, is part of the on-going financial support availed by the Swedish Government in support of UNICEF’s country programme for 2012-2015. It brings to US$31.7 million the total amount the Swedish Government has given to UNICEF through it’s thematic funds to date.

30 Jun 2015 description
report Voice of America

Irwin Chifera
30.06.2015 20:11

WASHINGTON DC— United States, Britain and Sweden today provided 8 million dollars for the second phase of the Zimbabwe Works project which will be used for providing technical, vocational and entrepreneurships skills to 22,500 young people in the next three years.

This follows the successful completion of phase one of the project which ran from 2012 to 2014 and benefitted 8,600 young Zimbabweans. It was funded by the United States Agency for International Development or USAID.

14 Jun 2015 description

Sunday 6/14/2015 - 03:29 GMT


Since opening its doors to Syrians fleeing war, Sweden has welcomed record numbers of refugees and a small but growing group are taking fast-tracks to jobs, bucking unemployment trends.

Rami Sabbagh, an energetic 31-year-old financial analyst, fled the Syrian capital Damascus after the regime of President Bashar al-Assad put his name on a wanted list for helping refugees from the city's bombed-out suburbs.

28 May 2015 description

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has announced a new SEK 40 million (US$ 4.8 million) contribution to the UNRWA Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory.

The Emergency Appeal addresses the humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem, through interventions such as emergency food and livelihood support for the most vulnerable families, and the promotion and protection of the rights of refugees and living through acute crises.

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.

19 May 2015 description
report European Union

The Swedish State Secretary for International Development Cooperation Ulrika Modéer, who is currently visiting Palestine, announced today that the Government of Sweden will be making a contribution to the May salaries and pensions of around 68,500 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the payment of which is currently scheduled to take place in early June. The Swedish contribution will amount to SEK 40 million (c.€4.3 million) and will be channelled through the European Union's PEGASE[1] mechanism.

19 May 2015 description

East Jerusalem, 18 May 2015 – In the presence of State Secretary of Sweden, Ulrika Modéer, the Consul General of Sweden, Ann-Sofie Nilsson, and UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator, Frode Mauring, signed a USD 3.6 million agreement (SEK 30 million) to support the resilience of Palestinians residing in Area C and East Jerusalem.

The signing ceremony marks the third phase of the Community Resilience and Development Programme (CRDP) implemented by UNDP, with funds from the Governments of Sweden, Austria, Norway and the United Kingdom.

12 May 2015 description

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Government has decided to extend the phase-out period of bilateral aid to Iraq in view of the serious situation in the country. The previous government decided to phase out support completely in 2015.

12 May 2015 description
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Asylum decisions in the EU

Syrians remain the main beneficiaries

The 27 EU Member States for which data are available granted protection status to 185 000 asylum seekers in 2014, up by almost 50% compared with 2013. Since 2008, more than 750 000 asylum seekers have been granted protection status in the EU.

These data on the results of asylum decisions in the EU are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

More than 1 out of 3 persons granted protection status in the EU was Syrian

21 Apr 2015 description
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Khartoum, 21 April 2015. Sweden has contributed SEK55 million (US $6.4 million) to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). Sweden has been a committed supporter of the CHF, contributing some SEK1.2 billion (US $106 million) since 2006. This valuable contribution comes at a critical time, when funding for humanitarian action in Sudan is scarce and humanitarian needs are growing.

15 Apr 2015 description

The UNHCR currently manages three refugee camps in Burkina Faso for refugees from the neighbouring country Mali. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been assigned to provide shelters to the refugees, and their work is partly funded by Sida.

If a country's government does not have the resources to take care of refugees from another country, the UN refugee agency UNHCR can intervene and help manage the task. Through the refugee organisation CONAREF, the Burkinese state decides where in the country the camps should be located.

15 Apr 2015 description

When the armed conflict in Mali flared up in 2012, many people ended up in the middle of the contending parties. Alhader Ag Azar was one of many who took his entire family and fled to the neighbouring country Burkina Faso. He appreciates the safety in the refugee camp, but misses the ability to move around freely.

27 Mar 2015 description

Jerusalem, 25 March 2015 - The Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 3.8 million (SEK 33,000,000) agreement to fund shelter assistance packages for non-refugees as part of their on-going support to early recovery efforts in the Gaza Strip. Through the new contribution, 2,529 non-refugee families will receive rental subsidies to support their accommodation need.

The additional resources will bring the total Swedish contribution to the UNDP cash assistance programme to atleast USD 6.9 million.

16 Mar 2015 description

On Sunday, following a request from the UN, Sweden sent communications equipment and five communication experts, 3 from the MSB and 2 from Luxembourg to Vanuatu as a result of Cyclone Pam. The cyclone struck the island state of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean on Friday night, resulting in extreme devastation.

13 Mar 2015 description

2014 saw a major surge in the number of humanitarian crises around the world and there are no signs of a slowdown. Indications for 2015 point to an even worse situation, with the escalation of armed conflict in Iraq and Ukraine and food shortages in Somalia and South Sudan. More extensive humanitarian support is needed, why Sida has decided to distribute nearly two billion SEK to the worst trouble spots.

2015 looks to be a year of major humanitarian challenges. Today, over 51 million people are displaced by armed conflict and many more will be forced to flee their homes.