World Refugee Day

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to mark World Refugee Day 2012.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office did not mark World Refugee Day on 20 June 2012. The UK is very proud to be a signatory to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and of its ongoing commitment to provide sanctuary to those in genuine need of protection. The Convention remains as relevant and important today as it has ever been. The UK's Department for International Development provides substantial long-term care funding to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which provides protection and assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons all around the word. In 2010 UNHCR helped over 25 million people which is 58% of all people displaced worldwide.

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