Contributions to UNHCR
Finland is a reliable and significant donor to UNHCR, and UNHCR is the largest recipient of Finland’s humanitarian aid. Finland annually includes a large unearmarked contribution of EUR 7 million (USD 8.8 million) to UNHCR, which enables UNHCR to respond quickly when a new emergency occurs and allocate funding where the needs are the greatest. In 2016, Finland was UNHCR’s ninth largest donor per capita, totalling EUR 25 million (USD 28 million) in support. Finland mainly funded the response to major refugee crises such as Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, and protracted displacement situations worldwide. Finland’s thematic focus is on people with disabilities. The country is contributing with multi-year funding to strengthen protection of people with various disabilities and impairments in refugee contexts, thereby reaching some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people worldwide.
Finland’s thematic focus: displaced people with disabilities.
Finland has contributed EUR 8.7 million to UNHCR, of which EUR 4.5 million for the Syria crisis, EUR 2 million to the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis and EUR 2.2 million to the South Sudan crisis. In South Sudan new heavy fighting between government forces and rebel troops erupted in July 2016 and in September, the number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries passed the 1 million mark.
UNHCR has received a significant contribution of EUR 10 million from Finland to support UNHCR’s work with refugees and internally displaced people in several refugee situations around the world.
UNHCR thanks Finland for its significant support to UNHCR. Finland recently donated USD 12.4 million to the Syria crisis and for UNHCR operations in Africa and Asia, adding to the support so far of USD 22.4 million in 2014.