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Bangladesh: Rohingya

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL16654, tabled on 25 June 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to improve the situation of Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh who have little prospect of returning to Myanmar in the immediate future; what representations they have made to the government of Bangladesh about its ban on formal education in those camps; and what funding they have provided, and intend to provide, to assist with the costs of such education.

Answered on

8 July 2019

The UK government is committed to improving the situation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, so that they can lead more fulfilling and meaningful lives, both now and in the future. We have provided £129m in funding since August 2017 to all essential sectors: food security and nutrition, shelter, health, protection, water, hygiene promotion and sanitation.

It has also included support to education. This has primarily been as part of our contribution to UNICEF, which has so far totalled £13.43m; and indirectly through our contributions to Education Cannot Wait and the Global Partnership for Education. Together these have provided funding of $26m of which the UK has contributed nearly £3m. Education will remain a priority for future UK funding.

The Development Secretary discussed the Rohingya crisis with the Bangladesh Government in Dhaka in February, including the need to improve refugees’ access to education, skills and livelihoods. The FCO Minister for Asia and the Pacific held similar discussions with the Government during his visit in April. My officials also regularly discuss the issue with their counterparts in government.