Refugees: Ukraine

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Conservative, Sutton Coldfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the cost of supporting Ukrainian refugees in the UK will be scored as ODA; what assessment she has made of the impact of that cost on the UK aid and development budget; and if she will make a statement.

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

Some support for refugees in the first twelve months of their stay in a donor country such as the UK is ODA eligible according to the OECD's directives on ODA. It will be for the relevant government departments funding the support to Ukrainian refugees in the UK to report the costs incurred for hosting Ukrainian refugees if they meet the ODA directives. In order to manage the 0.5% GNI budget, FCDO remains the ODA spender and saver of last resort. In line with usual practice, HMT and FCDO work closely together to monitor and manage risks against the ODA budget across government.

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