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UN refugee agency appeals to Canada for funding amid ‘record level of difficulty’

By Kristen Shane      

With support from its two biggest donors in limbo early this year, the UNHCR’s donor relations chief met with Canadian officials to tell them just how bad the need is to help an increasing number of people displaced worldwide.

The UNHCR's Paul Stromberg, left, is seen touring Britain's Prince Charles through a refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan in March 2013. Mr. Stromberg visited Canada in February as head of the UN refugee agency's donor relations to speak to officials about how Canada can support its budget needs. Photograph courtesy of UNHCR
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The UN refugee agency is appealing to Canada for funding help in a year it says has been especially tough because of the record number of displaced people worldwide and obstacles in receiving money from other donors. “It’s both challenging because the needs are enormous on the ground and the number of refugees [and] people of concern keeps rising, and because amongst many of our large donors there’s a good deal of uncertainty or delay at issue,” said

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