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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Challenging the Customary Divide’ puts together the stories of five women whose economic and social well-being were improved and later became leaders in their respective fields through their participation in the post-conflict rebuilding of Nepal under the project Strengthening Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Nepal (SIWPSAN): Towards Implementation of the National Action Plan on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820. Like the SIWPSAN project, the book is an initiative of UN Women-Nepal with the support of the Finland Government.
In the first round of allocation of funding this year, Finland granted EUR 67 million to humanitarian aid organisations by decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen. The funding will be channelled via principal UN specialised agencies, the Red Cross Movement, and six Finnish civil society organisations.
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.
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.
On 20 December, the Ministry of the Interior confirmed the decision of the ministerial working group on migration concerning the allocation of the refugee quota of 750 people for 2018.
Finland is committed to receive Syrian refugees from Turkey and Congolese refugees from Zambia in the 2018 quota. As a result of the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria, millions of people have been forced to leave their homes. About 33,000 Congolese refugees have fled to Zambia because of long-standing violence. Most of these refugees are women and children.
On Friday 1 December, the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy received a periodic review of the Defence Forces’ participation in international training and exercises in 2018. Decision on participation in the exercises is made from Finland’s own premises. In participation, both the significance of the exercises for the development of Finland’s defence capabilities and foreign and security policy perspectives will be taken into account. In 2018, the number of international exercises will remain at the same level as they are this year.
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.
At the invitation of the Myanmar Government, we visited Northern Rakhine today. We went to a number of villages in Maungdaw and Rathedaung districts and met a mixture of local communities.
This initiative by the Government of Myanmar allowed us to show support for the many people of all communities in northern Rakhine who have suffered and still feel great insecurity.
Press release from the Ministry of the Interior and the Crisis Management Centre
The Ministry of the Interior has sent a Technical Assistance and Support Team (TAST) of three experts to the Commonwealth of Dominica through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to assist in the relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. The Crisis Management Centre (CMC Finland) assembled the team and is in charge of logistics. The operation is planned to last three weeks. The experts left for Dominica on Saturday, 30 September.
Press release 164/2017 25 September 2017
Finland allocates EUR 380,000 to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian aid in Bangladesh, along the border with Myanmar. More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled violence from Myanmar’s Rakhine state to Bangladesh in the past month.
Most of the Rohingya fleeing Myanmar are women and children. They are living in extremely difficult conditions and are in dire need of food, clean water, shelter, basic supplies, and healthcare.
Within the framework of international cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has donated 30,000 euros to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help alleviate famine in Yemen.
Press release 56/2017 27 March 2017
By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Finland’s humanitarian aid will amount to EUR 61.4 million, of which approximately EUR 20 million will be channelled to the famine-hit countries in the Horn of Africa and to Nigeria and Yemen.
The Government of Finland directs an additional sum of EUR 20 million for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights in developing countries. The funding was announced by Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, at the She Decides conference organised in Brussels.
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.
Press release 36/2017
20 February 2017
By decision of Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, Finland will grant EUR 500,000 to the Finnish Red Cross for humanitarian aid activities in Iraq.