For the first time, Germany has become the second largest donor to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. With a total of 477 million US dollars in aid in 2017, it contributed more than the European Union who came in third place.
Germany, a nation that has taken in more than one million migrants and refugees since 2015, is now the second-highest donator to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in the world.
Germany's UNHCR representative Dominik Bartsch said Germany is "a credible voice for refugees" according to EPD. Bartsch took the position last week.
The UNHCR said Germany made available 477 million US dollars (385 million euros) for the refugee agency. There were also private donations from Germany that amounted to 29 million US dollars. Only the United States made more funds available (about 1.5 billion US dollars). The European Union was the third largest donor with 436 million US dollars. Japan (152 million US dollars) and Great Britain (136 million US dollars) rounded out the top five donors.
Despite these new figures, the UNHCR currently only has enough funding to finance a little more than half of its programs. In 2015, the UNHCR could not fund more than half of its basic assistance programs, shelters, and self-reliance programs.
The UNHCR estimates there are more than 65 million migrants and refugees who have been forced from their homes around the world. The organization was founded in 1951 and assists with migrants and refugees in various ways, including health care, protection and integration.