Ukraine: Refugees

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 9th March 2022.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department's safeguarding team is working with NGOs to help protect refugees from people smugglers at the Ukraine border; and what measures have been put in place to help prevent people smuggling in that area.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Minister for Europe)

Modern slavery and human trafficking are abhorrent crimes that the government is committed to tackling. We will continue to coordinate law enforcement efforts by working closely with EU partners to target trafficking routes across Europe, provide protection to the most vulnerable and take tough action against those who seek to exploit people for financial gain.

The total UK aid to Ukraine and the region for the current crisis totals £395 million, including £220 million of humanitarian assistance. We are working to ensure aid agencies are able to respond to the deteriorating humanitarian situation. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched its Ukraine Appeal on 2 March which has now reached over £100 million, with the government matching £25 million of the publics donations. This is our largest ever aid-match contribution, which will help DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families.

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