UN High Commissioner for Refugees: Expenditure

Department for International Development written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to the UNHCR to support the processing of family links applications for each year since 2010.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will increase funding from her Department to the UNHCR to support the processing of family links applications in the Liverpool City Council area in each year for which information is available.

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

The UK is a long-standing supporter of UNHCR, reflecting our shared commitment to international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law and ensuring that UK aid reaches the most marginalised. Since 2010, the UK has contributed in excess of USD 1.2 billion to UNHCR in support of their work to protect refugees and other forcibly displaced people. It is not possible to disaggregate the amount of this funding utilised solely on progressing family reunification applications, nor by those with familial links in the Liverpool area.

The Department for International Development has also committed to provide UNHCR with an annual contribution of £35m core unearmarked funding (up to 2021). This funding will support UNHCR’s work to assist and protect refugees, as well as ambitious system-wide improvements to deliver the greatest possible impact for those most in need.

Funding for UNHCR and for local authorities participating in resettling refugees under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) is provided by the Home Office.

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