Iraq: Palestinian Refugees

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have encouraged the Government of Iraq to clarify the status of Palestinians in Iraq who have been victims of persecution, and to permit access to them from international agencies; and what humanitarian assistance the United Kingdom has provided.

Photo of Baroness Amos Baroness Amos President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Lords (Privy Council Office)

We are in close contact with our international partners and aid agencies regarding the situation for displaced peoples both in Iraq and in neighbouring countries, including the Palestinian community, which the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates to number about 15,000.

In 2007, DfID has contributed £7 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to support vulnerable groups, including displaced Iraqis and Palestinians living in Iraq. Both the UNHCR and the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) are also providing support to Palestinians living in refugee camps on the Iraq-Syria border. In 2007, we have contributed £1.5 million to the UNHCR regional appeal and £15 million for UNRWA's work among refugees in the Middle East.

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