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19 Mar 2018 description


In February, just under 3,900 refugees and migrants entered Europe via Italy, Greece and Spain, less than half the number that entered in January. With lower numbers of people crossing from North Africa to Italy by sea compared to last year, the route to Spain experienced the most movement of the three Mediterranean routes with over 1,500 arrivals, followed by the route to Greece with over 1,200 and less than 1,100 to Italy.

14 Mar 2018 description


During 2017, almost 38,900 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 25 countries in Europe,2 36% more than during 2016 and over three times greater than the average rate of 12,400 submissions per year during the last decade.
Between 2007 and 2016, Europe’s proportion of resettlement sub-missions globally has increased from approximately 9% to more than 18%, and in 2017 reached 52%. This is primarily due to a significant decrease globally in new submissions for resettlement, most notably to the United States of America.

12 Mar 2018 description

33,154 Total persons relocated

21,710 Relocated from Greece (33% of 66,400 originally foreseen)

11,444 Relocated from Italy (29% of 39,600 originally foreseen)

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.

26 Feb 2018 description

Verified Populatiion - December 2017


Population Profile


Female 52% Male 48%


18 years and above: 54%

5-17 years: 34%


Karen 99% Burman 1%


Christian 91% Buddhist 9%

07 Feb 2018 description

Countries of first arrival

07 Feb 2018 description


01 Feb 2018 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:49 GMT

GENEVA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Almost a dozen countries have agreed to advance their annual contributions to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees to help it plug a major shortfall after a partial cut-off of U.S. funding, its chief said on Tuesday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

30 Jan 2018 description


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a critical public health issue globally. If we are to preserve human and animal health, policy interventions and global collaboration are vital to improve our understanding of AMR dynamics and to inform containment and mitigation strategies.

26 Jan 2018 description

The research paper ‘Follow the Money: Assessing the use of AMIF funding at the national level’ by ECRE and UNHCR, provides a thorough and critical analysis of the €3.1 billion Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF) established by the EC for the period of 2014-20. The AMIF aims to contribute to the efficient management of migration flows and to the implementation and development of a common European approach to asylum and migration.

26 Jan 2018 description

Helsinki – Many health and social workers struggle to identify victims of trafficking, surveys show. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) office in Finland released practical guidelines for the identification and referral of trafficking victims on Tuesday (23/01).

Upon publication, the new guidelines received praise from the country’s Minister of the Interior, Paula Risikko, who said these guidelines should be included in the curricula used to educate nurses, doctors, police officers, border guards and social workers.

22 Jan 2018 description
report Finnish Red Cross

Large-scale power outages in the beginning of January demonstrated the strength of the Red Cross volunteers’ aid in Kainuu. The situation was worst in Suomussalmi and Hyrynsalmi.

Juha Hankkila from Hyrynsalmi has been volunteering with the Red Cross for two years. When a power grid failure caused problems in the local community, volunteers were ready to act.

12 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Funds will enable children and families in Afghanistan to access safe drinking water, sanitation, healthy environments and improved hygiene practices.

KABUL, Afghanistan, 11 January 2018 – The Government of Finland has contributed €2 million (approximately US$2.4 million) to support UNICEF’s programme in Afghanistan to provide children and families with safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

10 Jan 2018 description
  • 176,042 Total arrivals to Europe

  • 164,754 Total arrivals to Europe by sea

  • 11,288 Total arrivals to Europe by land


10 Jan 2018 description

Resettlement Figures 2005-2017

Total number of submissions: 134,379

Total number of departures: 108,053

Resettlement Progress in 2017

Total number of submissions: 2,227

Total number of departures: 2,169

05 Jan 2018 description
report Finnish Red Cross

Ali Ihsan became a Finnish Red Cross volunteer when he was still living at the reception centre. Helping has become an important part of his life.

When Ali Ihsan came to Finland as an asylum seeker, he was impressed by the Finnish Red Cross volunteers he saw working at the reception centre.

– These people, with their work and families, came there to help us without pay. It was amazing, describes Ihsan, 29.

28 Dec 2017 description

Finland, the third largest donor to UN Action, increased funding to UN Action bringing its total commitment to over US$6.2 million. This new contribution aims to focus on activities in Guinea. The Standard Administrative Arrangement was signed by Finland's Director General for Legal Affairs Paivi Kaukoranta and UN MPTFO Executive Coordinator, Jennifer Topping.

22 Dec 2017 description

Press release 226/2017
19 December 2017

Finland will assist areas suffering from conflicts and drought in Yemen, Northeast Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

“The focus in our aid decisions towards the end of the year is on crises where the need is currently particularly great and aid is needed urgently”, says Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development.

21 Dec 2017 description

1. Introduction

1.1 Strategic Overview

The 2018 Europe Regional Migration Plan is being published on the heels of the November 2017 Red Cross Red Crescent Statutory meetings in Antalya, which reaffirmed that migration will remain one of the most important issues of our time, and set a benchmark for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement’s long-standing work and humanitarian approach to migration.