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Somalia: Asylum

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to provide targeted assistance in support of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ work with Somali refugees in Kenya; and if he will make a statement. (242806)

In November 2006 the UK, through the Department for International Development (DFID) made a grant of US$ 2.29 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for their work with Somali refugees in Kenya. We have no plans at present to provide further direct assistance.

However, DFID is providing core funding of £19 million to UNHCR for its global operations in 2008. In addition, during 2008 UNHCR has received $3.75 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to which the UK is the largest contributor.

The 2009 UN Consolidated Humanitarian Appeal for Kenya includes a request for $54 million (£36 million) for UNHCR. DFID is exploring whether to make a contribution to this appeal. It is a matter for the UN as to whether Somali refugees in Kenya will be a priority for this funding.