Norway donates NOK 70 million to refugees and migrants

Norway is donating NOK 70 million to UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s work for displaced persons and migrants, Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide announced Tuesday.

‘IOM is an organization that is present all over the world, supporting both those who flee and the countries and regions that receive them. More and more people in the world are being forced from their homes, and the need to help displaced people and migrants is growing’, said Eide. 

On Tuesday, he met with IOM's new head, Amy E. Pope. The Foreign Minister emphasized that IOM's efforts are highly appreciated, not least in Ukraine. 

‘The humanitarian needs in the world are increasing rapidly as a result of climate change, food shortages and conflicts. IOM is one of our most important partners in the work to find lasting solutions for the many millions who are driven from their homes or who are seeking new opportunities in other countries’, said Minister for International Development Anne Beate Tvinnereim. 

During the meeting, the foreign minister and Pope signed an agreement for NOK 30 million over two years for IOM's work in North Africa. This agreement is part of a Nordic collaboration with IOM and the EU to help find lasting solutions for the many migrants in countries in North Africa. The support also goes to local communities hosting large groups of refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants. 

In addition, NOK 20 million was announced for IOM's humanitarian work in general. This funding is not earmarked for a specific country, so IOM can prioritize work in the most underfunded and forgotten crises. Another agreement on core support of NOK 20 million was also announced during the meeting. 

‘Norway wants to provide our relief and development partners with non-earmarked support to ensure continuity, predictability and flexibility in addressing the challenges,’ said Eide.