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Iraq: Migrants

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 30 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organisation for Migration, UNICEF and the Governments of Jordan and Syria to ensure temporary protection and eventual resettlement for Iraqi civilians, Palestinians and Kurds, now in both states, having fled from violence and persecution in Iraq; and [HL1209]

What financial or physical help they are providing to organisations caring for Iraq's refugees in Jordan and Syria. [HL1525]

We are concerned at the increasing numbers of people displaced by violence in Iraq. DfID has recently announced a £4 million contribution to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to continue to provide emergency assistance, including water, medical supplies and rehabilitation of health infrastructure to vulnerable people including internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq. This brings our total humanitarian contribution for Iraq to over £120 million since 2003, including £85 million for the UN's 2003 humanitarian appeal and £36 million to the International Red Cross. Additionally, DfID provided £70 million to the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI).

We are also considering UNHCR's appeal to help refugees in neighbouring countries and keeping in close touch with our international partners (including those you mention) to ensure agencies are adequately resourced and equipped to respond to needs. Above all the first priority of the Iraqi Government must be to end the violence that is causing this situation, with the support of the international community and the region.