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Luxembourg to contribute €32m to UN refugees agency



During his meeting with cooperation and humanitarian action minister Franz Fayot (LSAP) the head of the UNHCR, Filippo Grandi signed a Strategic Partnership Framework covering the period 2022-2025.  Photo: Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action

During his meeting with cooperation and humanitarian action minister Franz Fayot (LSAP) the head of the UNHCR, Filippo Grandi signed a Strategic Partnership Framework covering the period 2022-2025.  Photo: Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action

Luxembourg on Tuesday signed a new strategic partnership framework with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which will see the grand duchy contribute €32m over a four-year period.

The UN agency’s head Filippo Grandi visited Luxembourg on 9 November and met with various officials of the country. During his meeting with cooperation and humanitarian action minister Franz Fayot (LSAP) a strategic partnership framework covering the period 2022-2025 was signed.

The funding of €32m will be allocated in the context of the humanitarian crises currently taking place in Syria, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia as well as an additional €1.5m in immediate funding for UNHCR in Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan. Telecommunication, strategic development, and humanitarian action will be the main focus of the budget.

Grandi also met with prime minister Xavier Bettel (DP) at the Hôtel Saint-Maximin to discuss the global situation of migrants and refugees. "I salute the noble task of the United Nations agency to ensure the international protection regime and to promote sustainable solutions for refugees throughout the world,” said Bettel.

A meeting with foreign minister Jean Asselborn (LSAP) was also on the agenda. He congratulated Grandi on the UNHCR’s remarkable work but also highlighted a need for better international and European coordination to address the current displacement of refugees fleeing crisis areas. In line with its position on the issue, Asselborn reiterated Luxembourg's commitment to receiving people seeking asylum.