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Greece and Middle East: Refugees

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL1647, tabled on 1 July 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of refugee children in (1) Lebanon, (2) Jordan, (3) Turkey, and (4) Greece, who are not receiving primary education; and what assessment they have made of the steps necessary to improve (a) the availability, and (b) uptake, of education for these children.

Answered on

15 July 2021

The UK is committed to providing refugee children with access to quality education. In Lebanon, since 2011 we have provided education to over 280,000 children, and support to over 135,500 out-of-school boys and girls with nonformal education since 2016. In Jordan, the UK has supported over 130,000 Syrian refugee children access primary education. Approximately 85,000 Syrian refugee children remain without any type of learning. The Government does not hold figures for refugee children not receiving primary education in Turkey or Greece. As of March 2021, the EU Managed Facility for Refugees in Turkey (FRIT), to which the UK is a leading contributor, had allocated €400 million to the "Promoting Integration of Syrian Kids into the Turkish Education System" project that has 627,582 Syrian students enrolled at public schools and 9,288 enrolled at Temporary Education Centres. In Greece, UK support has helped deliver educational programmes for vulnerable children and we will continue to work with Greek partners to identify opportunities to provide further support.