UNHCR will coordinate the Ukraine Situation Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP), involving more than 300 partners in 11 countries, with the aim of identifying and supporting the most vulnerable, fostering greater inclusion and social cohesion. UNHCR’s focus will continue to shift from humanitarian assistance to supporting national and local authorities to include refugees in national services. Some small-scale, targeted cash programmes and limited stockpiles of core relief items in support of preparedness will remain in place, as will activities to strengthen the gender-based violence and child protection response, given the high proportion of women and children among the refugees. UNHCR will maintain its engagement in the Republic of Moldova, supporting 70,000 refugees and asylum-seekers with obtaining civil status, identity or legal status documentation, while continuing cash assistance for vulnerable individuals. “Blue Dot hubs” will provide information and referrals to specialized services, and UNHCR community centres will offer language and vocational activities to support refugees’ inclusion.
Sea arrivals in Italy, Spain and Greece continue along with overland mixed movements through south-eastern Europe. UNHCR’s support for national authorities will aim to ensure arriving refugees can access asylum, receive adequate assistance and information, and have opportunities for socioeconomic inclusion. UNHCR will continue calling for broader solidarity with States at the external borders of the European Union receiving the vast majority of arrivals, and will advocate for effective access to territory, protection and rights, irrespective of a refugee’s country of origin.
The security situation in the South Caucasus remains unpredictable, after more than 100,000 refugees fled into Armenia in September-October 2023. UNHCR’s engagement in support of all displaced populations in the region will continue.
Türkiye is among the top refugee-hosting countries globally, hosting 3.4 million refugees and asylum-seekers. Many were affected by the devastating 2023 earthquakes. UNHCR will provide 175,000 refugees and asylum-seekers with case processing and protection services, and refer 186,000 to specialized services. Social cohesion activities will target 45,000 refugees and host community members. UNHCR will support the authorities to include refugees in national services and will co-lead the Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan (3RP).