In recent weeks the Irish Government has committed vital funding to UNHCR's relief operations in Syria and throughout the world. Following a visit from Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Eamon Gilmore to Turkey last month, the Irish government committed 500,000 to assist Syrian refugees in Turkey. More than 1.5 million refugees have now fled Syria, approximately 350,000 of whom are in Turkey. In conjunction with this contribution, the Irish Government has signed an agreement with UNHCR for a further one million euro to support humanitarian operations.
Following a Mali Donor Conference held in Brussels on May 15, the Irish Government has pledged an additional 2.5 million euro to support ongoing relief efforts. A proportion of this will be provided to support refugees and internally displaced persons in the region.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has also confirmed their core contribution to the work of UNHCR worldwide and will maintain support at levels of the previous two years. This support is vital to the work of UNHCR throughout the world assisting millions of women, men and children who are fleeing persecution.
UNHCR staff operate in some 125 countries around the world, from major capitals to remote, difficult locations where field staff directly help the most vulnerable victims of displacement. Among the biggest operations are Afghanistan, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Iraq and surrounding countries, and the Sudan. For more information on the global work of UNHCR, please see Where We Work, UNHCR.
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