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16 Oct 2016 description

UK will prioritise ending modern slavery and child exploitation around the world.

To mark the national day against slavery on October 18, International Development Secretary Priti Patel outlined an increase in support for women and girl refugees in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, and for vulnerable people at risk of trafficking on migration routes in North Africa and Europe.

02 Nov 2015 description

New support will provide emergency supplies for refugees and migrants in Europe.

Tens of thousands of people who have made the dangerous journey to the Western Balkans will receive immediate, lifesaving humanitarian assistance with new funding from the UK, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

A £5 million funding package is being released to the Start Network – a group of humanitarian organisations responding to emergencies.

30 Sep 2000 description
September 2000


1.DFID 's Humanitarian Mines Action Strategy , approved in late 1997 and implemented over three years to March 2001,seeks to enhance UK assistance for reducing the social and economic impact of landmines and other unexploded ordnance on developing countries.An initial progress report was issued in March 1999.This Second Progress Report covers subsequent developments.


2.The Convention on the Prohibition of the Use,Stockpiling,Production and Transfer of Anti- Personnel Mines and on their Destruction came into …

09 Jul 1999 description


Estimated returns - 639,400
Serb & Roma departures - over 71,500


Eighty-five per cent of the regional Kosovar Albanian refugee population have now returned to Kosovo in less than four weeks. KFOR have said that all major roads and urban centres are now secure enough for organised repatriation.


02 Jul 1999 description

Estimated returns - 523,900
Serb departures - 71,500


Two thirds of the regional refugee population have now returned to Kosovo in less than three weeks. The Humanitarian Evacuation Programme of refugees in Macedonia was suspended on 1 July with the exception of medical cases requiring specialist care. Repatriation will be phased, starting with assistance for those whose specialist skills are needed in rebuilding Kosovo.


03 Jun 1999 description

Key Developments

  • According to UNHCR, a total of 46 refugees arrived in northern Albania on Tuesday 1 June, including two slightly wounded during fighting between Serbian forces and the Kosovo Liberation Army.
  • For the first time in three weeks, no arrivals were reported at Blace - the main border crossing into Macedonia. 370 entered at alternative entry points.
  • UNHCR announced at a meeting in Macedonia that direct screening for medevacs to third countries in camps will cease. Priority cases will be selected from hospitals only.
  • NATO reports that planned …
28 May 1999 description


Refugee arrivals:

Total Refugee Population - 441,000

*UNHCR figure as of 28 May

After a week of only 63 arrivals to Kukes (13 - 20 May), the refugee influx increased rapidly to 3,650 refugees arriving on 21 May, 608 on 22 May, 460 on 23 May, 1,500 on 24 May, 150 on 25 May, 1,030 on 26 May (230 of which were transferred from Macedonia), and 400 on 27 May.

Among the arrivals were groups of men who told UNHCR they had been held in Smrekrovnica prison in Kosivska Mitrovica for varying periods since NATO bombing started.

28 May 1999 description

Key Developments

UNHCR have begun to publicise their comprehensive strategy for the return of up to 1.5 million Kosovar refugees and displaced persons. The plan covers four phases, starting with preparatory work before the onset of mass voluntary repatriation through to full rehabilitation and reintegration.

New DFID Developments

Albania: the team leader of DFID’s ground handling team arrived in Tirana on Thursday. His team of 12-15 personnel arrives this week. They will assist with humanitarian cargo offload at Tirana airport.

26 May 1999 description

Key Developments

7,500 Kosovo refugees entered Macedonia on 25 May. UNHCR are concerned that if the influx continues it will put a severe strain on camp capacity.

25 May - approximately 200 refugees left camps in northern Albania to locations farther south

NATO estimate the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) inside Kosovo to be 560,000 (unconfirmed).

21 May 1999 description

Key Developments

  • Albania: rate of arrival remains slow for the fifth consecutive day.
  • Macedonia: 1,697 refugees crossed the border by train on Wednesday. According to UNHCR estimates, another 3,000 to 4,000 who tried to cross the border were sent back by Serb police.
  • The UN Interagency Needs Assessment Mission into Yugoslavia visited Surdulica, Vranje and Pristina yesterday. No reports on their progress as yet; nor from the Red Cross Mission into Kosovo.
04 May 1999 description

The European Union believes that we should seek to respect the wish of most refugees, that they should receive assistance and protection in the region, in countries where they first seek safety.

The Department for International Development is responsible for the British Government's humanitarian effort in relation to the Kosovo crisis.

14 Apr 1999 description

Key Dates

  • 29 March - Prime Minister announces UK pledge of £10 million as initial response to crisis
  • 30 March - emergency airlifts begin - first aid flight leaves Kent International Airport with tents and blankets.
  • 3 April - Gordon Brown and Clare Short agree an additional £10 million, bringing total UK commitment to £20 million. This is in addition to the £3 million provided for emergency relief since March 1998.
  • 4-5 April - Clare Short visits Albania and Macedonia.
  • 4-8 April - DFID/MOD team visits Albania and Macedonia to assess humanitarian situation and examine …
13 Apr 1999 description

Key Developments
DFID Skopje report that as civilian agencies take over, NATO will be 90% disengaged from refugee camps by Friday. According to UNHCR, Macedonia is now amply covered for relief supplies.

The Bosnian authorities have established a crisis centre to deal with refugees coming from the FRY. As well as Kosovar Albanians there are an increasing number of new arrivals from the predominantly Muslim Sandjak region in FRY.

New DFID Decisions

Action against Hunger - UK : one month feeding programme for refugee families with host families (Macedonia):=A399,600