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Italy is a key donor and partner around the world in protecting and assisting people of concern to UNHCR—refugees, stateless persons, returnees and internally displaced people.

Italy is a key donor and partner around the world in protecting and assisting people of concern to UNHCR—refugees, stateless persons, returnees and internally displaced people. As a member of UNHCR's Advisory Committee since 1951, and a founding member of UNHCR's Executive Committee since 1959, Italy’s support for UNHCR’s mandate and forcibly displaced people in the diplomatic, media and public spheres has been steadfast and robust. Italy is also a reliable partner for UNHCR across the seven regions thanks to its network of public officials and the numerous Italian NGOs involved in humanitarian assistance. Ultimately, Italy’s financial support to UNHCR directly contributes to the Office’s activities on the ground, saving lives, responding to new emergencies and offering solutions in protracted situations.  

Italy’s vital contributions enable UNHCR to protect, assist, and seek solutions for people of concern. Funding supports critical UNHCR programmes—including emergency transit programmes, shelter and health services for IDPs, asylum-seekers and refugees, youth engagement, and the prevention of statelessness. In particular, Italy has shown a commitment to finding solutions for people of concern stranded in dire conditions through resettlement, humanitarian corridors and humanitarian evacuations. Italy’s unearmarked contributions mean UNHCR can respond quickly to emergencies, support people in protracted or forgotten crises no longer in the public eye and maintain life-saving protection and assistance in underfunded conflicts.

Libya, psychotherapy helps refugees and asylum-seekers recover.

A Sudanese asylum-seeker receives counselling from a psychologist, through UNHCR’s partner NGO, Cesvi Onlus Foundation, at a community day centre in Tripoli. Ongoing support from partners like Italy ensures UNHCR can continue to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people in Libya.

A Sudanese asylum-seeker receives counselling from a psychologist through UNHCR’s partner NGO, Cesvi Onlus Foundation at a community day centre in Tripoli, Libya.
A Sudanese asylum-seeker receives counselling from a psychologist through UNHCR’s partner NGO, Cesvi Onlus Foundation at a community day centre in Tripoli, Libya. © UNHCR/Caroline Gluck  

Syrian refugee Nizar receives cash assistance during COVID-19 pandemic.

Nizar has lived in Amman, Jordan, since 2015. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic he never received any assistance from UNHCR. He always provided for his family working as construction worker. However, since March 2020, work became difficult to find and he had no safety net to fall back on. In December 2020, he received emergency COVID-19 cash assistance from UNHCR which helped him pay his rent and cover some debts.

Continued support from partners like Italy enables UNHCR to continue building the resilience of Syrian refugees in the face of mounting poverty caused by the pandemic.  

Nizar, 25, a Syrian refugee plays with his daughter Tabarka, 4, at home in Jordan.
Nizar, 25, a Syrian refugee plays with his daughter Tabarka, 4, at home in Jordan. © UNHCR/Lilly Carlisle  

Malian family who fled danger finds respite in Ouallam camp, Niger.

Malian refugee Zeinabou holds a schoolbook in the shelter where she lives with her father, Boubacar Albizu, her mother and sister in Ouallam camp.

In 2020, the UNHCR Niger operation relied on some $8.5 million in unearmarked funds. UNHCR continues to rely on unearmarked funding from donors like Italy to ensure our humanitarian activities can continue in under-funded and out-of-the-spotlight situations.

Malian refugee Zeinabou holds a school book in the shelter where she lives with her father, mother and sister in Ouallam camp, Niger.
Malian refugee Zeinabou holds a school book in the shelter where she lives with her father, mother and sister in Ouallam camp, Niger. © UNHCR/Boubacar Younoussa Siddo  

Psychological support, medical assistance and safe shelter are provided to Venezuelan refugee families in Bogotá, Colombia.

In 2020 there were some 1.7 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants seeking safety in Colombia. The capital Bogotá and the surrounding department of Cundinamarca hosts a quarter of them.  

The Integrated Assistance Centre (CIAMI) in Bogotá was opened in July 2020 with the intention of providing humanitarian assistance to those in need. Shelter, meals, laundry, rights orientation, counselling, psychosocial support, and medical assistance are all services provided at the centre.

A family of Venezuelan refugees staying at the Integrated Assistance Centre in Bogota, Colombia.
A family of Venezuelan refugees staying at the Integrated Assistance Centre in Bogota, Colombia. © UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo  
Total contributions in 2021 to date