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.
UNHCR welcomes Latvia’s decision to grant automatic citizenship at birth to children of “non-citizens”
UNHCR welcomes the fact that Latvia’s Parliament has adopted legislative changes that will entitle children born after 1 January 2020 to parents who are considered “non-citizens” under the law to automatic Latvian citizenship at birth.
By bringing their expertise together, the two organisations aim to bring forward solid peace and conflict analysis with the view to better inform policies and strategic interventions on addressing root causes and supporting initiatives focused on solutions.
European States must step up their efforts to protect child refugees and migrants who arrive in Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has urged.