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REACTION: UK aid pledge for Syria welcome but more action needed to end bloodshed

Posted by Melanie Kramers Senior Press Officer

4th Apr 2017

Commenting on today's announcement by Theresa May that the UK will provide £1bn in aid money to help Syrian refugees and their host countries, Tim Livesey, Oxfam's Head of UK Policy, said:

"Oxfam welcomes the Prime Minister's pledge to provide significant additional support to help Syrians left homeless by years of violence, building on its strong track record of aid to Syria.

"The UK Government should also push harder to ensure civilians and local aid workers within Syria are better protected - and for more inclusive peace efforts to end the horrific bloodshed.

"We're calling on the UK Government to match its generous aid with a more generous welcome to vulnerable refugees, including those already in the UK who need to be reunited with family members."

ENDS

For interviews with Oxfam spokespeople or more information please contact: Melanie Kramers mkramers1@oxfam.org.uk  / +44 (0)7825 088894

Notes to editors

Oxfam has repeatedly called for wealthy countries, including the UK, to find homes for more of the most vulnerable refugees by extending safe and legal routes such as family reunion and resettlement schemes. So far, less than three percent of all Syrian refugees have actually arrived in rich countries through resettlement programmes.

The Prime Minister will today set out the details of a £1 billion jobs and education package to support the most vulnerable victims of the Syrian conflict. The overseas development funding, an allocation of £840 million pledges made last year at the London Syria Conference along with £160 million of new money, will provide vital support for refugees and the countries hosting them across the region.

Blog post written by Melanie Kramers

Senior Press Officer

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