Syria: Refugees

Department for International Development written question – answered on 7th January 2016.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2015 to Question 19712, how much such funding her Department provided to (a) Jordan, (b) Iraq and (c) Israel in those years.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The UK has been at the forefront of the response to the crisis in Syria and the region. We have pledged over £1.12 billion to date, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. In 2015/16 DFID funding is providing support to 18 humanitarian partners in Syria and 18 partners in neighbouring countries. These include UN agencies, international organisations, NGOs and civil society organisations in Syria and in neighbouring countries.

The table below provides a breakdown of DFID funding spent through partners on projects for Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan, Iraq and Israel since 2011/2012.

DFID Funding for Humanitarian/Development Activities in Jordan, Iraq and Israel in response to the Syria refugee crisis (excluding funding to the Conflict Security and Stabilisation Fund)

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While the UK is playing its part, we are concerned that UN appeals for the Syria crisis remain severely underfunded. That is why the Prime Minister announced on 16 November that the UK, Kuwait, Norway, Germany and the UN will co-host an international conference on the Syria crisis in London in early February. The Conference will aim to raise significant new funding to meet the needs of all those affected by crisis within Syria and to support neighbouring countries, who have shown enormous generosity in hosting refugees, to cope with the impact of the crisis.

DFID does not provide funding for projects in Israel, which is a high-income country, and therefore ineligible for Overseas Development Assistance. However, DFID does have a bilateral programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including east Jerusalem.

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