Syria: Refugees:Written question - 19712

Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
Asked on: 11 December 2015
Department for International Development
Syria: Refugees
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has provided to (a) Turkey, (b) Lebanon and (c) assist with the effect of the refugee crisis in Syria in those countries in each year since 2011-12.
Answered by: Mr Desmond Swayne
Answered on: 16 December 2015

The UK has been at the forefront of the response to the crisis in Syria and the region. We have pledged over £1.12 billion to date, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. In total, we have allocated £304 million to projects in Lebanon and £34 million to projects in Turkey since the start of our response in February 2012. These figures include funding spent by partners since financial year 2011/2012 and allocations made for financial year 2015/2016 and beyond.

The UK prioritises its assistance according to where needs are greatest and most unmet, and the capacity of the host country to absorb refugees. The UK, like other donors, has therefore prioritised support to Lebanon and Jordan, where the number of refugees is much higher as a percentage of the population than in Turkey and Egypt. For example, Syrian refugees in Lebanon constitute a quarter of the pre-crisis population.

By the end of June 2015, UK support in the region (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt) had provided over 4.8 million food rations, each of which feeds one person for one month; access to clean water for over 980,000 people (peak month); medical consultations for over 471,000 people; and support to over 127,000 people through agriculture and livelihoods interventions.

The table below provides a breakdown of the funding spent by partners as part of projects in Lebanon and Turkey since 2011/2012.

DFID Funding for Humanitarian/Development Activities in Lebanon and Turkey (Excluding funding to the Conflict Security and Stabilisation Fund)

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In financial year 2015/16, DFID has an operational plan budget of £94 million for projects in Lebanon and £10 million for projects in Turkey (excluding funding to the Conflict, Security and Stabilisation Fund).

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