Sudan: Refugees

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 15 April 2024.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Exports)

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has taken recent steps with international partners to (a) provide humanitarian aid and (b) otherwise help support refugees from Sudan.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

The conflict that started on 15 April 2023 has displaced more than 8 million people, including over 1.9 million who have fled to neighbouring countries. The UK recognises the significant pressure that the conflict is putting on neighbouring countries and commends them for the support they are providing. The UK provided £42.6 million in humanitarian aid to Sudan last financial year. We will provide £89 million (the vast majority of which, for humanitarian assistance) for the year ahead. We also provided help to those fleeing to neighbouring countries last year, with £7.75 million to support existing and new Sudanese refugees as well as vulnerable returnees and host communities in South Sudan and £15 million to Chad. We continue to pursue all diplomatic avenues with international partners to end the violence and push for improved humanitarian access.

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