Refugees: International Assistance

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 20th December 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the UNHCR Pledging Conference 2021: UK statement, published on 7 December 2021, what recent estimate she has made of trends in the quantity of UK financial support for the UNHCR per person forcibly displaced over the last five years.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is a major humanitarian donor and one of the largest financial supporters of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in terms of both core and in-country contributions. We have provided over £714 million in funding to UNHCR across bilateral and multilateral channels over the past five years (2016-2020). We do not yet have a final figure for UK funding to UNHCR in 2021, nor does the UK carry out global estimates of the sum total number of people forcibly displaced - though UNHCR estimates this total to be at least 84 million as of mid-2021.

Humanitarian assistance is one of the Foreign Secretary's top priorities for the FCDO. Our work around the world to support displaced people and the countries that host them, and to champion International Humanitarian Law, is central to our efforts to build a global network of liberty, and to the ambitions of the Integrated Review.

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