The UN refugee agency will be forced to make “severe cuts” exacerbating the suffering of those driven from their homes unless it receives immediate extra funding, its chief said today.
The war in Ukraine has forced millions of people from their homes, and there are now at least 100 million forcibly displaced people in the world, causing an increase in UNHCR’s budget of more than $10 billion.
“I regret to inform you that for the first time in my tenure, I am concerned about the financial situation of UNHCR,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a speech to member states in Geneva after his reappointment of as head of the agency last month.
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Appeal for $700 million by the end of the year
“If we don’t get at least an additional $700 million, particularly for our most underfunded businesses, between now and the end of the year, we will be forced to make severe cuts with negative and sometimes dramatic consequences for refugees and host communities,” he added.
Grandi also said he was concerned about the effects of the northern hemisphere’s cold winter on the roughly 6.2 million people who are internally displaced in Ukraine.
“I share the government’s concerns about the coming winter,” he said, saying the elderly and disabled were particularly vulnerable.
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