As UNHCR’s second largest governmental donor and the largest refugee-hosting country in the European Union, Germany is a key partner to UNHCR in the protection of refugees, stateless persons, returnees and internally displaced people.
Germany’s support for refugees is unwavering and multifaceted. As UNHCR’s second-largest donor and the fifth-largest refugee-hosting country in the world, Germany is a key partner to UNHCR for the protection of refugees, stateless persons, returnees, and internally displaced people.
In particular, Germany’s provision of flexible funding through the Federal Foreign Office (FFO) allows UNHCR to protect and assist displaced people in some of the largest emergency situations around the world, including Syria, Afghanistan, Venezuela, DRC and other crises.
Vital protection activities such as the identification and registration of refugees, documentation support, legal aid and counselling are just a few of key interventions made possible through Germany's assistance. During 2020-2021, Germany also stepped up its support to assist refugees affected by the devastating consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, since 1992, the German-funded DAFI (Deutsche Akademische Flüchtlingsinitiative Albert Einstein) scholarship program has provided over 18,500 refugee and returnee students the possibility to access higher education opportunities.
Furthermore, over the last few years, Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has become a key strategic partner for UNHCR, supporting the goals of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and UNHCR’s endeavor to enhance longer-term solutions for persons of concern. BMZ also provides financial support that supports our strategic cooperation through concrete projects.
Germany’s commitment to refugees goes, however, far beyond financial contributions alone. As the largest refugee-hosting country in the European Union and a steadfast supporter of the GCR, including as co-convener of the Global Refugee Forum, Germany sets a powerful example to the world on the need for increased responsibility-sharing. Germany’s strong support for the principles of the Grand Bargain, including increasing the transparency and predictability of humanitarian aid, fully aligns with UNHCR’s priorities.