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Palestinians: Refugees

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL413, tabled on 10 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential for violence and fighting in countries surrounding Syria if UNRWA have to stop cash payments to Palestinian refugees from Syria, because of a lack of funds.

Answered on

18 June 2015

The UK is concerned that cuts to UNRWA assistance may exacerbate existing tensions amongst Palestinian refugees who have fled to Syria’s neighbouring countries. That is why the UK has been in close contact with UNRWA, other donors, and host governments on how best to manage and mitigate the impact of funding shortfalls. The UK is the third largest donor to UNRWA’s General Fund, and the fourth largest donor to UNRWA’s operations overall. This includes over £28 million provided to date to support Palestinian refugees in Syria and the region affected by the Syria crisis.