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Aid to the Middle East will fall far short of needs

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.
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