In Tunisia, UNHCR’s priorities are to support the establishment of a national asylum system, and to build national and regional capacities for refugee protection, in a context of mixed migration.
UNHCR provides protection and direct assistance to refugees and proactively identifies appropriate durable solutions.
Together with its partners, UNHCR supports refugees and asylum seekers in accessing public services and becoming self-reliant.
Working with Partners
Throughout 2017, conflict in northeast Syria resulted in significant displacement of civilians and a deterioration in humanitarian conditions. Although conflict in AlHasakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates has largely subsided since the expulsion of the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), tens of thousands of households remain in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps.
Baghdad, 23 March 2018 --- Japan has renewed its commitment to the work WHO does in the Republic of Iraq by meeting lifesaving needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in the governorates of Ninewa, Erbil and Duhok.
This recent contribution raises Japan's donation to 5.2 million USD since 2016. The donation has been valuable in purchasing ambulances, medical kits and equipment, which have assisted thousands of men, women and children in need of medical care.
Overview and Impact
The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is entering a new phase. Combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have ended and hundreds of thousands of displaced people are returning to their homes and communities.
On 15 March seven years ago, conflict broke out in Syria. Since then, while people around the world have graduated from school, married and found new jobs – in other words, lived their lives – too many children, women and men in Syria have known little but conflict, fear and deprivation.
13.1 million The number of people who need humanitarian assistance due to the conflict. This includes 6.1 million people who have been internally displaced, and 5.5 million people living as refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Some 5.3 million of those in need of aid are children.
Over 300 temporary education centres (TECs) in 21 provinces received financial support to cover essential maintenance costs, ensuring a safe and inclusive learning environment for more than 188,400 refugee students.
UNICEF and NGO partner ASAM expanded the scope of their partnership to reach over 165,000 refugees and migrants with essential child protection and psychosocial support (PSS) services in 2018.
TRENDS AND KEY FIGURES
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.
Thousands seeking safety from war and violence continue to arrive; conditions in reception facilities cause health problems
Monday, March 19, 2018 — “Two years ago the European Union and its member States failed thousands of people and compromised the very concept of asylum when they agreed and implemented the EU-Turkey deal, which allows the EU to return refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek islands to Turkey", says Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Policy and Advocacy Adviser for MSF UK.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has provided health items for more than 4400 displaced families in the camps of displacement and at the neighborhoods of Salahuddin.
The IRCS has reported in a statement that the teams of the IRCS within Salahuldin center have equipped health items to more than 1560 displaced families at the camps of Alalam, camp number 1, 2 and 3, the health items include (detergents, baby towels, disinfectants and bandages for burns and wounds) which covers all the families in the camps.