Today I asked Robert Goodwill MP, the Minister for Immigration, an Urgent Question about the Government’s support for Syrian refugees inside Syria or in the no-man’s-land region between Syria and Jordan, known as the Berm, where over 75,000 Syrians, including thousands of children, are trapped with little aid.
“I welcome the Minister’s statement saying that he wants to increase support for Syrian refugees in Syria and Syrian Children in Syria. Can I press him on this, and ask what specifically he intends to urge on his colleagues and counterparts in other departments?
“Will he be urging aid to be transported into the Berm, the no mans land between Syria and Jordan? Will he be urging the reopening of the border at Jarabulus? What more will he be doing to make sure that aid is getting to Syrians who are so desperate?”
“I thank her for her question. I was actually in Jordan last week and visited the Azraq refugee camp and met some of the people who have been transported from the Berm. I know the Jordanian Government have real concerns about some of the security aspects in the Berm, particularly given the attack on their own police forces recently. We continue to work with the Jordanians and others in the region to ensure that we can put people into a place of safety and at the same time maintain security.
“We have allocated £2.3 Billion to assist in terms of the area and I am proud of what we’re doing as a government, as the second biggest humanitarian donor in that region.”