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Record revenue - on a sad background

The Danish Refugee Council is reporting a record revenue of 2.9 billion - on a sad background.


2016 marked the Danish Refugee Council's 60th anniversary. Over these 60 years, DRC has grown to become Denmark's largest humanitarian organization. Last year, organization once again reported record revenue - sadly against the backdrop of the record number of refugees worldwide.

“We never been more relevant,” the organisation comments with the release of its annual report.

2016 continued to bring disheartening numbers in the refugee area, and this is reflected in the Danish Refugee Council's newly published annual reports. The organization had a turnover of 2.9 billion. In the same year the DRC marked its 60th anniversary, despite the fact that the organisation was originally established as a temporary solution in 1956.

"It is incredibly sad that the DRC increases its turnover again this year. We help refugees and displaced people around the world with a great focus on supporting neighboring countries. We obviously use most of our turnover on relief work and there is unfortunately a lot more help needed," says Stig Glent-Madsen, chairman of Danish Refugee Council.

The financial statements for 2016 are part of the Danish Refugee Council's annual report. With an increase in revenue of around 10 percent, more than 7,000 employees and work in more than 35 countries, the organization remains the largest international emergency aid organization in Denmark.

"No one could have imagined that the organization would have such a long life when it was established in 1956 to help cope with the Hungarian refugees that came to Denmark. Sadly, the world has developed in the wrong direction. We have never been more relevant than we are today. There is nothing we would rather be than unnecessary, but unfortunately, everything points to the need for our help for many years to come," says Stig Glent-Madsen.

For the first time ever, the DRC has spent more than two billion dollars on international relief work, almost doubling its turnover in 2012. The largest country operation is Iraq, where the military operation in Mosul alone has displaced around 500,000 people. In addition, the operation in Greece has expanded significantly in 2016 due to the many refugees stranded in the country. Finally, work in Nigeria has also doubled as a result of the struggles between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military, that has led to the displacement of millions.

"Of course, we are proud to be relevant when a new refugee crisis arises and that we are one of the UN's preferred partners. There are always new situations that we must be ready to respond to. For example, we are currently experiencing a distressing hunger crisis across Africa and Yemen, where millions of people are at risk of starvation if we do not help them on time. At the same time, we must not forget the world's largest refugee crisis in Syria, which still lacks solutions as it moves into it's the seventh year," says Andreas Kamm, Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council.

"The lack of durable solutions in the refugee area is something we see as a global trend. Many countries are isolating themselves and sending refugees back to unsafe conditions. They’re refusing to participate in a collective international response, including taking responsibility for quota refugees. When the international community doesn’t provide solutions, organizations like the DRC must step up," Andreas Kamm continues.

In Denmark, the DRC provides a wide range of tasks, including impartial, legal advice for asylum seekers, repatriation counseling, integration activities for many Danish municipalities and has around 8,500 volunteers working across the country to make it easier for new residents adapt to Danish society.

Read the oral report of the chairman here. 

Read the full Annual Report here.