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12 Dec 2018 description

An interim report of a study on the scope and quality of legal aid services provided to asylum seekers, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, has been published. The report focuses on examining how asylum seekers have reached the providers of legal aid services, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the legal aid provided, and whether asylum seekers have received the assistance they have needed.

10 Dec 2018 description

According to the recently published Global Humanitarian Overview, the estimated total need of humanitarian assistance in 2019 amounts to EUR 22 billion.

This means that 132 million people in approximately 40 countries are in need of emergency relief, the majority of them in Africa and the Middle East.

The world’s worst humanitarian crisis is currently in Yemen, but the situation is extremely difficult also in Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

03 Dec 2018 description

The annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) will be held on Monday 3 December. Finland has strengthened the rights of persons with disabilities especially in the humanitarian assistance sector. Progress has been made in recent years at both the political and project levels. The results are presented in the Development Policy Results Report 2018, which was published in November.

17 Aug 2018 description

Press releases, 17.8.2018 World Humanitarian Day 19 August highlights civilians' dire situation

The World Humanitarian Day will be held next Sunday, 19 August. This year, special attention will be called to the difficult situation of civilians affected by acute conflicts in, for example Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Contrary to the rules of international law, millions of people fall targets of hostilities: civilians are targeted, hospitals and schools are looted and destroyed, and people do not get emergency relief.

15 Jun 2018 description

Based on a report made by the Finnish Immigration Service, decisions on asylum applications largely meet the criteria laid down in the law. Deficiencies in the quality of interpretation of asylum interviews and processing of asylum applications were, however, detected. It is likely that the number of deficiencies became bigger than normal following a sudden tenfold increase in asylum seekers in 2015 and a need to quickly increase the amount of human resources required for the process.

02 Mar 2018 description

Finland supports the World Food Programme (WFP) by EUR 32 million as core support for 2018–2021.

“Because of the prolonged conflicts and climate change, the number of hungry people in the world has unfortunately started to rise again. WFP has a key role in combatting hunger. This multiannual core support enables the organisation to plan its operations in a way that is more timely and cost-efficient”, says Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development of Finland.

07 Nov 2017 description

Finland’s migration report to OECD provides an overview of migration 2016–2017

A new national migration report — International Migration 2016–2017, Report for Finland — has been published and submitted to the OECD. The report provides a concise summary of migration policy guidelines, key legislative amendments and up-to-date statistics.

The new migration report provides a comprehensive overview of how migration policy and the migration situation have evolved in Finland in 2016–2017.

24 Feb 2017 description

The “Pacific Islands Meteorological Services in Action” Compendium which was compiled by SPREP-FINPAC Project in partnership with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Climate and Oceans Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac) and Environment and Climate Change Canada is a result of a first “writeshop” for climate services in the Pacific.

15 Feb 2017 description

There is an increasing need for internal security expertise to plan and carry out civilian crisis management operations which aim at stabilising countries in conflict. This will be an effective way of preventing cross-border threats, such as the spread of organised crime, terrorism, human trafficking and uncontrolled migration. The future of civilian crisis management of Finland and Sweden will be discussed at an international conference to be held in Helsinki on 15 February.

25 Jan 2017 description

Press Release 17/2017

25 January 2017

Following a decision by Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Finland granted an additional EUR 14 million for humanitarian crisis areas across the world in late December 2016. Emergency relief will be directed at the southern African region that suffers from El Niño-induced drought, Yemen, South Sudan, Kenya, Chad, Iraq, Northern Nigeria, and Afghanistan’s refugee situation. This aid will be channelled through the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

18 Dec 2016 description

Press release 239/2016

IDA18, the donor meetings for replenishing the resources of the International Development Association IDA (a part of the World Bank) were completed on 15 December in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The IDA lends money on concessional terms as well as providing aid to the poorest developing countries.

24 May 2016 description

By Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende

Article by the Nordic Ministers on the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, 23-24 May 2016.

19 Mar 2016 description

Finland will send blankets, tarpaulins, soap and 200 tents to Greece through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to improve conditions in refugee camps. Greece has requested material assistance from other EU countries, because the number of migrants crossing the border between Greece and Macedonia has increased dramatically, and conditions in the camps are harsh.

18 Mar 2016 description

Finland grants EUR 61.9 million in humanitarian aid to the most severe crisis areas in the world. On 17 March, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka decided that aid will be granted to, for example, Syria and its neighbouring areas, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Yemen.

28 Jan 2016 description

The European Commission has granted Finland EUR 8 million in emergency funding for the reception of asylum seekers between 1 September 2015 and 31 January 2016. This assistance is allocated for the Tornio registration centre and eight reception centres in Lapland.

Finland applied for emergency funding under the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) in October. These resources are used to cover financial needs that could not be incorporated in national funding and, thus, to respond to the cost pressures created by the migration situation.

16 Nov 2015 description

The Valletta Summit agreed about the establishment of an EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa at the Valletta Summit on Thursday.

The Trust Fund aims to address the root causes of migration, such as poverty and conflicts in Africa. It will also be used to support the Action Plan to be adopted at the Summit.

11 Nov 2015 description

The number of asylum seekers coming to Finland is on the rise again. Following a temporary reduction in the numbers in October, 776 asylum seekers were registered over the last weekend of late October and early November. Last week's statistics show that most of them came from Afghanistan, Iraqis being now the second largest nationality. The change reflects the situation in Europe – the number of Afghan asylum seekers has increased.

09 Nov 2015 description

Helsinki Innovation Summit explores new solutions to benefit the world’s children

HELSINKI, Finland/NEW YORK, 9 November 2015 – Over 500 leading thinkers from the technological, academic, corporate, development and humanitarian world are convening in Helsinki today to unlock the way new technologies can drive change for the world’s most vulnerable children.

03 Nov 2015 description

The Ministry of the Interior has set up a project to review the requirements for issuing residence permits on the basis of international protection. The decision on setting up the project was made by the ministerial working group on migration. The aim is to bring the Finnish legislation in line with the general requirements laid down in EU legislation.

29 Sep 2015 description

Finland together with many other countries pledged new commitments to peacekeeping at the U.N. Peacekeeping Summit during the week of high-level meetings on 28 September. U.S. President Barack Obama chaired the Summit, which aimed at increasing contributions and at strengthening capabilities to the ever more challenging UN peacekeeping operations.