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International Organization for Migration and UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL5440, tabled on 17 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the work of (1) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and (2) the International Organization for Migration.

Answered on

31 January 2022

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a key partner for the UK providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees and other displaced persons, particularly in developing countries. UNHCR is a particularly important partner for the UK in refugee emergencies and has a crucial role in situations of Internal Displacement. The UK continues to be a strong supporter of UNHCR and provided £56 million in funding across bilateral and multilateral channels in 2021. Furthermore, we play a central and influential role through our engagement in UNHCR's Executive Committee and other governance fora.

The UK is a strong supporter of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The UK plays a significant role in the governance of the IOM as a member and active participant in the IOM Council and other governance fora, and engaging regularly in dialogues on strategy, policy, and programming. The UK is also a significant funder of the IOM, and in 2021 provided approximately £75 million in core funding and bilateral support to country programmes, making the UK the IOM's third largest donor. The IOM works in over 100 countries, providing transportation, repatriation, and humanitarian assistance to forced migrants, Internally Displaced Persons, refugees and other vulnerable groups in crises, and the UK's support and engagement contributes to this work.