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Asylum: Overseas Aid

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the Government's official development assistance has been spent on providing temporary assistance to refugees from developing countries in the last two years. (269085)

Nearly all of the UK Government's support for refugees in developing countries is through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the lead UN agency for providing support to refugees. The assistance to UNHCR includes some support for internally displaced people as well as for refugees. Some funding is provided to other agencies. The most substantial of which is that given to the Thai Burma Border Consortium which provides support to refugees on the Burma/Thai border.

Funding

2007

2008

UNHCR (£ million)

30.7

27.7

Thai Burma Border Consortium (£ million)

0.3

1.1

Total (£ million)

31.7

28.5

As a proportion of official development assistance (percentage)

0.57

0.50

There may be some other small elements of funding through other organisations which support refugees as part of grants not specifically focused on refugees.