UN organisations and NGOs appealed for more aid to Syrian refugees and the neighbouring countries that assist them in a conference held in Helsinki today, 24 January. The Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen, who hosted the conference, said that in Finland and Europe the word ‘refugee’ is currently associated with young men even though 70% of the refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries are women and children. Finland is supporting victims of the Syrian conflict both through humanitarian aid and development co-operation which has been used to e.g. enable children to go to school and support the livelihood and rights of refugee women.
Media: YLE Uutiset
Journalist: Marika Kataja-Lian
Main source: Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen