Friday, July 31, 2020
The UN is seeking an additional USD10.3bn in donations to combat the pandemic worldwide, with around one-fifth earmarked for the Middle East.
- An upsurge in migration to Europe would put new pressure on resources in transit as well as destination countries.
- Internal rural-urban migration patterns may be disrupted as poverty rises.
- Low oil prices will reduce aid and worker remittances from Gulf states to poorer Middle Eastern countries.
- A failure to contain COVID-19 in Middle East and North African countries could contribute to new waves in Europe and elsewhere.
- A change in US administration after the November elections could lead to a reversal of recent decisions cutting support to UN aid agencies.