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Sweden pays an additional 100 million to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help the fugitives

In light of the increasing refugee flows and the dire humanitarian situation in Ukraine and the rest of the world, Development Assistance Minister Matilda Ernkrans announced today that an additional SEK 100 million will be disbursed in the form of core support to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UNHCR assists vulnerable people fleeing or in refugee-like situations on the ground in Ukraine and its neighboring countries. With essential support, Sweden is enabling UNHCR to quickly bring emergency aid into crises around the world, providing people, among other things, with a roof over their heads, food, water and health care.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a refugee crisis with more than two million people already forced to flee, a risk that is multiplied. At the same time, a record number of people are fleeing the world. UNHCR’s role in providing people with food and shelter is critical, so the government is now paying an additional SEK 100 million to UNHCR, says Development Aid Minister Matilda Erinkrans.

In light of the grave humanitarian situation in Ukraine, the government announced on February 27 that Sweden would pay an additional 50 million Swedish kronor. With the announcement on 9 March of an additional payment, UNHCR’s core support for 2022 totaled SEK 888 million.

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