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Asylum: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the European Refugee Fund was spent in each member state in each year since 2000; and on what types of projects. (175439)

I have been asked to reply.

The European Commission has not yet published the actual spend for each member state in respect of the European Refugee Fund as many annual programmes are still in the process of being closed by the Commission.

The first phase of the European Refugee Fund ran from 2000 to 2004. The second phase, which runs from 2005 to 2007, is under way. Projects for both phases have been funded for eligible actions which relate to reception, integration and voluntary repatriation of specified target groups. These include those with full refugee status or subsidiary forms of humanitarian protection, and those who have applied for this.