Press Statement from UNHCR Representation for Northern Europe
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today called for urgent action to address the increasingly desperate situation of refugees and migrants in reception centres in the Aegean islands.
Second Chances: Fawad’s story of finding refuge in Denmark is one of sacrifice, courage, strength and hope.
Out of 1.4 million refugees estimated to be in urgent need of resettlement worldwide, only 63,696 were resettled through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, last year.
Second Chances: Moudi’s story of finding refuge in Denmark is one of pursuing dreams, finding courage, having perseverance, and keeping hope.
“I can’t remember when life was last as good as this,” says Nakout. After years of abuse, she now dreams of reuniting with children who she thought she was dead.
After being forced to flee his home country and loosing family members, returning to university gave Nixon Raphael back his hope for the future. He has received a scholarship with support from UNHCR and contributions from Denmark.
A month after the historic meeting wrapped up, these are the pledges and commitments that will boost opportunities for refugees and their hosts.
Recommendations include a sustainable asylum reform and an effective solidarity mechanism.
Hundreds of refugees have already been moved out of harm’s way in Libya, and to safety in Rwanda’s new transit center, which is supported by funding from countries like Denmark.
Exotic sweets to put in Santa’s gift bag could be purchased at the first refugee Christmas market held in Estonia.
UNHCR’s Regional Representative thanks the countries in Northern Europe for strong and important contributions at the first ever Global Refugee Forum.