Migrant Camps: Coronavirus

Department for International Development written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and intend to have, with the UNHCR about the control of COVID-19 in refugee camps.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State, The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting the UK’s global efforts to combat the outbreak of COVID-19 and help the most vulnerable, including refugees in camps and settlements as well as host communities. The UK has committed up to £241 million of UK aid to support the global efforts to combat the outbreak of COVID-19.

The International Development Secretary has talked to Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and they agreed to work together to minimise the impact of this crisis on refugees. Officials are in regular contact with their United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees counterparts and we are working closely with all our international partners to coordinate a global response that includes actions to address the particular vulnerability of refugee populations.

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