The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned that it has covered less than half of its budget for this year, in a context marked by an increase in humanitarian emergencies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic “multiplier power” of needs of the refugee population.
The agency had applied for $ 9.1 billion for 2020 but received only 49 percent. The shortcomings are particularly noticeable in low and middle income countries, where 85 percent of the world’s registered refugees live.
UNHCR is particularly concerned about the situation in Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and the central Mediterranean migration route, which will be allocated 56 percent of its annual budget.
UNHCR Number Two, Kelly T. Clements, has urged the international community to “broaden” focus during the health emergency that “now is the time to step up assistance”. “Millions of people depend on fragile incomes who are now at risk,” he warned.