The United States Contributes $421 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
By John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
April 15, 2016 - 12:28 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Department of State to announced an initial contribution of
nearly $421 million of humanitarian assistance toward the 2016 global
appeal for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR). This brings the total U.S. Government contribution to
UNHCR to nearly $698 million to date in FY 2016. Additional U.S.
contributions in support of UNHCR’s invaluable work on behalf of
refugees will be forthcoming over the course of this year.
The international community is currently witnessing a refugee crisis
of global proportions. As more than a million people made dangerous
journeys across the sea into Europe this past year, millions more
refugees in countries around the world continue to hope for a brighter
future and a more promising path to a better life. This year’s initial
contribution, funded through the Department of State’s Bureau of
Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support UNHCR efforts
worldwide. This contribution will support the protection, local
integration, and resettlement efforts of refugees from countries such as
Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. U.S. humanitarian aid
will also support the life-saving provision of water, shelter, food,
healthcare, and education to millions of refugees, internally displaced
persons, and other persons under UNHCR’s care and protection in
countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Colombia, South Sudan, and
The nearly $421 million announced today is in addition to the $191
million contribution to UNHCR for their Syria operations announced
earlier this year by Secretary Kerry at the “Supporting Syria and the
Region Conference” in London.
In Fiscal Year 2015, the United States contributed more than $1.3
billion to UNHCR to support continuing and emergency programs around the
world. This included nearly $352 million to UNHCR for the continuing
role it plays in responding to the Syria crisis.
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