International Development written question – answered at on 13 May 2009.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to refugees from the Western Sahara in refugee camps in Algeria.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) supports Western Saharan refugees through its 17 per cent. share of the budget of the European Community Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and its £19 million core contributions to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), for its work with refugees across the world. In 2008, ECHO committed to provide €10 million to support Western Saharan refugees, while UNHCR spent $3.1 million in their support.

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