UK Parliamentary report on forced displacement in Africa calls for UK national strategy
The UK Parliament’s International Development Committee has published a new report, Forced Displacement in Africa: Anchors Not Walls, following its inquiry into how the Department for International Development (DFID) is responding to forced displacement on the continent. According to the UN Refugee Agency, over 20 million refugees and internationally displaced people live in sub-Saharan Africa.
The report called DFID an international leader for its work in providing education to refugee children and praised DFID for its work helping host countries like Ethiopia provide refugees access to jobs. However, the report called on the UK government to lead by example in this area, arguing that DFID could not continue to ask the world’s poorest countries to grant refugees the right to work while the UK government significantly limits asylum seekers’ right to work in the UK. The report recommended that the UK Government establish a national strategy on migration and forced displacement and improve the way it reports on its programming, given that currently it is impossible to assess how much the UK has spent on addressing migration and force displacement.