Norway: one of the largest donors to UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes that refugees in Norway are included in the national response programmes to COVID-19. Refugees are provided with social support and other measures to mitigate their unemployment/income loss.

According to the latest fact-sheet on Norway from UNHCR Norway has made outstanding contributions to international refugee protection over the past decades. Norway is one the largest donors to UNHCR.

Norway is also the initiator behind the establishment of a UN multi-donor Trust Fund. Its aim is to assist developing countries with weak health systems in addressing the coronavirus crisis.

  • 1,387 asylum-seekers arrived in 2020. That is the lowest number of arrivals in more than 30 years.
  • Relocation of 50 asylum-seekers. Demonstrating solidarity in practice, the Norwegian government committed to relocating 50 individuals from Greece, eligible under the EU’s relocation scheme
  • 3,000 resettlement places have been offered by Norway on a yearly basis since 2018. The aim is to meet the protection needs of the most vulnerable refugees around the world.
  • Norway strongly supports the #IBelong Campaign.  The Norwegian state has made several pledges to this end. This includes introducing safeguards for children from being rendered stateless in the Norwegian Ministerial instructions.
  • For further information: UNHCR Norway Fact Sheet 2021 here