Finnish unearmarked funds save refugees worldwide
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 8.3 million) to UNHCR, which enables UNHCR to respond quickly when a new emergency occurs and allocate funding where the needs are the greatest.
In 2017, Finland was UNHCR’s 10th largest donor per capita, totalling USD 22 million in support. Finland mainly funded responses to major refugee crises in Africa and Middle East and North Africa, notably Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, including protracted displacement situations worldwide.
Finland has a thematic funding focus on strengthening support to vulnerable groups in displacement situations, including persons with disabilities and specific needs, which are often rendered invisible in uprooted communities. The Finnish Government is contributing with multi-year funding to strengthen protection of people with various disabilities and impairments in refugee contexts. This funding focus helps ensuring the inclusion, empowerment and participation of vulnerable groups in transformative processes seeking an end to forced displacement.
Finland’s thematic focus: displaced people with disabilities.
Read more about how Finland empowers displaced individuals with disabilities:
- Meet 4 year old Maysa, who was born deaf in war-torn Syria.
- Meet Agnes, a woman with a prosthetic leg, living in Nyabiheke refugee camp in Rwanda.
The situations in Syria and Iraq are among the world’s most underfunded crises. Support and unearmarked funding from Finland enables UNHCR to help the most vulnerable refugees.
A contribution of USD 1.9m from Finland allows UNHCR to strengthen the response in one of the most complex and forgotten displacement crises in the world.
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.