Mediterranean Region: Immigrants

Department for International Development written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the £30 million of aid for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean region, announced by the Prime Minister on 3 February, will be divided between the International Organization for Migration, the UNHCR, and other groups.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

DFID has allocated £5 million to the International Organization for Migration to provide life-saving assistance to migrants and refugees in Libya, Sudan and the Balkans. This includes support for them to return home if they wish to do so and improvements to conditions in Libyan detention centres. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has been assigned £9.8 million for their work in Greece, the Balkans and North Africa, to improve refugee status determination processes, and support local integration and assisted voluntary returns. The remainder has been allocated to trusted partners to meet the needs of vulnerable women and girls, enable rapid responses to new crises, such as freezing winter conditions in the Balkans, and improve the evidence base to enable the humanitarian system to respond more effectively.

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