Latvian unearmarked funds save refugees worldwide
Contributions to UNHCR
Latvia has been donating to UNHCR on a regular basis since 2012. Between 2013 and 2015, Latvia annually contributed an important unearmarked donation of EUR 15,000. In 2016, Latvia earmarked its entire funding to UNHCR’s large-scale humanitarian operations in the Middle East, to strengthen the overall response to the needs erupting from the Syria emergency. In 2015, Latvia granted a total of EUR 115,000 to UNHCR of which EUR 100,000 were allocated to the Ukraine situation and the Syria emergency. In 2014, Latvia nearly doubled its support to UNHCR and funded operations addressing the devastating impact of the outbreak of violence in Iraq and people affected by the conflict inside Ukraine.
Without citizenship, stateless people often risk being left out of national responses. UNHCR urges governments to ensure their coverage in the COVID-19 response.
Hundreds of vulnerable refugees have been evacuated from risk and abuse in Libya and taken to safety in Rwanda via UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Mechanism. This is possible thanks to funding and resettlement commitments from Norway.
Stories from the Field: “There have been improvements in Greece, but there is still a long way to go”
An interview with our Norwegian UNHCR colleague Siw Skjold Lexau in Athens, Greece. “Stories from the Field” is an interview series providing insight into the daily lives of some of our Northern European colleagues, working for the organization all...