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UK aid funding for refugees in the UK

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Evaluation Review

Independent Commission for Aid Impact

This review for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact found that the ability of UK government departments to spend an unlimited proportion of the aid budget on the first-year costs of asylum seekers and refugees undermines incentives for longer term planning to reduce costs, risking poor value for money.

The review made six recommendations to help the UK government improve the quality of aid spending on in-donor refugee costs and minimise the resulting disruption to UK aid.

An update, published on 6 September 2023, found that the Illegal Migration Act 2023, if implemented in full, could mean that much of the Home Office’s spending on support for asylum seekers in the UK would no longer be eligible to be counted as Official Development Assistance (ODA). Read the update

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