During the first nine months of 2018, just under 25,100 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement' to 19 countries in Europe.2 This is 24% less than the same period in 2017, but already two-thirds more than the average rate of 15,400 submissions per year during the previous 10 years.
In the spotlight: Integrating Psychosocial Support into Education in Emergencies
Although enrollment in education in developing countries has increased, millions of children remain out of school. The situation is especially dire at times of a conflict; globally, half of all out-of-school children live in conflict-affected areas.
Humanitarian crises tend to be long and extremely complex, and therefore affect well-being and education over a long period. Most refugee adolescents and youth are out of school.
Total Population Northern Europe:
Total number of refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless persons in Northern Europe (2017):
Trends and key figures
192,513 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)
372,741 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 - April 2018)
54,937 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya
19,303 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018
871 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018
1,527 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018
1,858 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017
USD 85 M required for 2018
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.
Date: 07 August 2018
UNHCR welcomes the generous donation of 1.5 million euros from the Government of Finland. The new funds will help UNHCR support vulnerable Iraqis and Syrian refugees in a rapidly changing context.
A year on from the end of fighting in Mosul, the situation in Iraq is increasingly complex.
The Finnish Red Cross continues to close down reception units. The reception centres of Kitee and Kotka will be closed at the end of June, in accordance with the plans of the Finnish Immigration Service. Starting from July 2018, 21 reception units for adults and families and three units for children maintained by the Red Cross will remain. These have a total of 3,500 residents.
“When I grow up, I want to be like Me Me. She has so much knowledge. Every time I come to the Women and Girls Centre I learn something new and I get a little bit closer to being like her.”
14-year-old Harlae Dar is talking about Khin Me Me Htun – Me Me for short – a Women’s Protection and Empowerment Officer, supported by UNFPA. She works in the Myanmar camps for displaced people who identify as Rohingya.
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.
Trends and key figures
During the first three months of 2018, almost 9,700 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 13 countries in Europe.2 This is similar to the first quarter of 2017 and already almost twothirds of the average rate of 15,400 submissions per year during the previous 10 years.
Refugees and asylum seekers forced to leave their homes are often found without paperwork, posing problems for them and for legal authorities in proving their very existence.
Without paperwork, it's impossible to prove your date of birth, open a bank account, access government services, and even get a legal job. Blockchain technology offers an interesting solution here - being able to track an identity on a ledger via a unique, immutable and independently verified record provides new opportunities to tackle this problem.