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Burma: Rohingya

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL123, tabled on 1 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of financial assistance that is being provided to Rohingya refugees in camps in Rakhine State, Burma and Bangladesh.

Answered on

15 June 2015

The UN Humanitarian Response Plan budget for Rakhine State, Burma in 2015 totals $118m. This is for overall humanitarian assistance including, but not limited to, the camps. The UK’s bilateral humanitarian funding to Rakhine is £18 million since 2012 including needs identified in the UN humanitarian response plan. DFID visits displaced persons camps in Rakhine regularly and assesses the UN response plan and budget to be realistic. We are also the largest donors to a major $44m rural livelihoods programme in Rakhine. Addressing the political challenges is equally important and we are pushing for improved humanitarian access, greater protection and accountability and sustainable solutions to displacement, intercommunal relations and citizenship.

A range of donors including the UK, Australia, the European Commission and the US have committed approximately £19 million for 2014 – 2017 towards humanitarian activities for Rohingyas living in camps and host communities in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh the UK’s Rohingya related humanitarian programme totals £4.75 million of which £2.25 million will target Rohingya refugees living in camps.