Refugees: Syria

Department for International Development written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the Lebanese Government on the access of Syrian refugees to (a) residency, (b) the labour market and (c) education in that country.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK helps Lebanon to meet the humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities; supporting Lebanon’s fragile economy, including by investing in job opportunities for Syrians and Lebanese and providing quality education to all children in Lebanon. DFID Ministers and officials from both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development regularly raise the issues of access for refugees to residency documents, jobs and educational opportunities with the Government of Lebanon, most recently during my visit to Lebanon on 28 and 29 June during which I met President Aoun, Prime Minister Hariri, and Foreign Minister Bassil.

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