Western Sahara: Politics and Government

International Development written question – answered at on 6 October 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to better support Saharawi refugees in the occupied territories in Morocco and Algeria.

Photo of Shahid Malik Shahid Malik Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The Department for International Development (DFID) supports Sahrawi refugees through its share of the European Community Humanitarian Aid Office's (ECHO) budget, and contributions to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). ECHO plans to provide €10 million in 2008 to support Western Saharan refugees of which the UK share is approximately €1.7 million. In 2007, the UK contributed $56 million to UNHCR for its work with refugees across the world, including from Western Sahara. DFID's funding to UNHCR in 2008-09 is shortly to be agreed.

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