Iraq: 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:

How many refugees from Iraq are now in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon; and what humanitarian assistance the United Kingdom has provided to them.

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)

According to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) there are 750,000 Iraqis currently in Jordan, 1.2 million in Syria and 40,000 in Lebanon.

In January, the UNHCR launched a $60 million appeal to address the influx of refugees into Iraq's neighbouring countries and the plight of displaced people inside Iraq. DfID has contributed £1.5 million to this appeal, part of a £10 million package that we have spent on humanitarian assistance in Iraq in 2007. This contribution will help provide food, shelter, water and sanitation and legal protection mechanisms for Iraqi refugees across the region. This appeal is now fully funded. Since 2003, DfID has provided over £125 million in humanitarian assistance to Iraq.

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