East Asia and the Pacific

Operational information on the East Asia and the Pacific subregion is presented below. A summary of this can also be downloaded in PDF format. This subregion covers the following countries:

| Australia | China (including Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions) | Japan | New Zealand | Pacific Island States | Papua New Guinea | Republic of Korea | 

Subregion: East Asia and the Pacific


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Budgets and Expenditure in Subregion East Asia and the Pacific

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2018 {"categories":[2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020],"budget":[12.377742098,12.19028488,12.83085178,13.85814092,15.09694832,13.4471383],"expenditure":[9.14630248,8.30675425,9.5839666,9.9556684,null,null]} {"categories":[2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020],"p1":[11.951996448,11.7310978,12.3954976,13.53300833,14.73265702,13.02836248],"p2":[0.42574565,0.45918708,0.43535418,0.32513259,0.3642913,0.41877582],"p3":[null,null,null,null,null,null],"p4":[null,null,null,null,null,null]} {"categories":[2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020],"p1":[8.86550122,8.05275391,9.19680051,9.67558124,null,null],"p2":[0.28080126,0.25400034,0.38716609,0.28008716,null,null],"p3":[null,null,null,null,null,null],"p4":[null,null,null,null,null,null]}
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People of Concern - 2020 [projected]

[["Refugees",439551],["Asylum-seekers",113741],["Stateless",872],["Others of concern",5]]
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Working environment and response in 2020

UNHCR’s office in Canberra has been officially reclassified a multi-country office through the process of regionalization and decentralization.  The Office in Australia remains responsible for UNHCR’s engagement with Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Island States. In 2020, UNHCR will continue to provide policy advice and technical guidance in accordance with UNHCR’s mandate and supervisory responsibility. In addition, UNHCR will work to strengthen private sector partnerships in Australia and New Zealand and develop new strategic engagements as envisioned in the Global Compact on Refugees. UNHCR will continue to advocate and work with the government of Australia to secure solutions for all refugees who were transferred offshore to Papua New Guinea and Nauru. In the Pacific, UNHCR will take additional steps to work with the states, UN partners, and NGOs to reduce the risks facing people who may be displaced due to events related to climate change.
The arrival of almost 500 Yemeni asylum-seekers on Jeju island, Republic of Korea in 2018 notably impacted the environment in which UNHCR operates. Refugees and the countries and conflicts from which they flee now receive considerably more attention and interest from all segments of the Korean society. This new landscape brings opportunities to nurture a broader understanding of refugee matters and garner additional public support, but also risks of more restrictive policies domestically. UNHCR is prepared to engage government counterparts on any revisions or changes to refugee policy and take advantage of the government’s interest in the Global Compact on Refugees, while seeking to strengthen linkages with the private sector. 2020 represents a year to solidify the foundation of UNHCR’s relationship with the Republic of Korea.

2020 Budget for East Asia and the Pacific | USD

Operation Pillar 1
Refugee programme
Pillar 2
Stateless programme
Pillar 3
Reintegration projects
Pillar 4
IDP projects
Australia Multi-Country Office 3,276,343109,134003,385,477
China 4,290,027150,000004,440,027
Japan 3,517,48659,802003,577,288
Republic of Korea 1,944,50799,840002,044,347
Total 13,028,362418,7760013,447,138

2020 Voluntary Contributions to East Asia and the Pacific | USD

Earmarking / Donor All
East Asia and the Pacific overall
United States of America 1,500,000 1,500,000
East Asia and the Pacific overall subtotal 1,500,000 1,500,000
Total 1,500,000 1,500,000
Latest contributions
  • 18-MAY-2020

    private donors

  • United States of America

    private donors

  • 14-MAY-2020
    United States of America

    private donors

  • France
  • 13-MAY-2020
  • 12-MAY-2020
  • Spain
  • 11-MAY-2020
    United States of America
  • 08-MAY-2020
  • Norway
  • 07-MAY-2020
    United Arab Emirates

    private donors

  • 04-MAY-2020

    private donors

  • 30-APR-2020

    private donors

  • Malaysia

    private donors

  • South Africa

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  • Greece

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  • Japan

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  • Republic of Korea

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  • Egypt

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  • China

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