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Annually Norway sends a report to the OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The report Immigration and Integration 2016–2017 – Report for Norway is a contribution to the reporting system on migration for the OECD countries.
The most recent report covers 2016 and to some extent 2017. It was prepared during the autumn of 2017 by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Children and Equality, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
‘We are facing an unprecedented situation in the Mediterranean region, where a growing number of refugees trying to reach Europe are losing their lives in the attempt. There have been further tragedies in the last few days. Several boats have capsized, and hundreds of people have drowned. Norway is providing NOK 50 million for measures to help refugees and migrants in transit countries in Africa, with a view to preventing even more people from embarking on the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
The drought in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia has led to the most serious hunger crisis in the world right now. It was, however, forecast. Here you can read more about what Norway is doing for the people in the Horn of Africa and what you can do to help.
Any inquiries to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the Horn of Africa (applications, questions, etc.) should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norway has decided to increase emergency relief to Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia because of the drought. At the same time it is important to increase food security.
More than 20 million people are suffering from hunger as a result of the severe drought and conflicts in this densely populated region. Norway is now allocating NOK 40 million in emergency relief to victims of the drought.
"I am deeply concerned about the civilian population, who are severely affected," said Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim.
The Horn of Africa has again been hit by famine and drought. Norway has allocated NOK 50 million in emergency relief to the people living in the region.
The allocation will be channelled through the UN, the Red Cross and other NGOs, and will be used to meet immediate needs.
Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, commented: "It is vital to focus more closely on political solutions for this region. Horn of Africa receives 40% of all international food aid.
Norwegian Church Aid-Eritrea (NCA-E) is the Eritrea Country Office of the Norwegian NGO, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA). NCA started work in Eritrea in the 1970s, supporting the relief work of the Eritrean liberation movements through the Cross Border Operation. When the war with Ethiopia ended in 1991, a joint Emergency Relief Desk of twelve former partners in the Cross Border Operation was established in Asmara, with NCA as the lead organisation. NCA set up a country office in Asmara in 1993.
Minister of International Development Hilde F. Johnson has decided to earmark an additional NOK 25 million (approximately USD 3.4 million) to those affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia and Eritrea). This means that since the onset of the food crisis on the Horn of African and in southern Africa in 2002, Norway has contributed NOK 300 million (approximately USD 40.5 million) to efforts to alleviate the situation.
The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia is extremely difficult.
At a press conference on 10 July, Minister of International Development Hilde F. Johnson (Christian Democrat) announced that Norway will contribute an additional NOK 30 million in humanitarian aid to Ethiopia and Eritrea. This brings the total amount of Norwegian humanitarian aid in connection with the drought in the Horn of Africa since the onset of the crisis in 2002 up to NOK 170 million.
The food situation in Ethiopia and Eritrea has steadily deteriorated since the end of last year.