London, UK. British Prime Minister Theresa May has committed to a £1 billion jobs and education package to support victims of the ongoing conflict in Syria, Downing Street announced Tuesday.
The plan will focus on trying to get potential migrants to stay in Syria by boosting education, skills and job opportunities in host countries to create new initiatives for refugees “so they don’t feel forced to make the perilous and potentially life-threatening journey to Europe,” according to a government statement.
Speaking ahead of her pending visit to Jordan, the Prime Minister said:”Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives and millions more have been forced to flee their homes by the barbarity of the Syria conflict. The UK has led the international response to the defining humanitarian crisis of our generation, and will continue to set the pace.”
May refered to The London Conference on Syria and the region that took place on 4 February 2016 and was co-hosted by the UK, along with Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations. It brought together more than 60 countries and organisations, including 33 heads of state and Governments. In excess of £9.6 billion was pledged by the international community – the most that has ever been committed for a humanitarian crisis in a single day.
The Brussels Conference will take place on 4 and 5 April and will bring ministerial representatives from a large number of delegations, including the EU and the region but also the wider international community, the United Nations, major donors and civil society, humanitarian and development organisations. The UK is once again co-hosting the Conference, along with the European Union, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar and the United Nations. The Foreign Secretary and the Development Secretary will jointly represent the UK.
The UK committed £1.2 billion in new funding at the London Conference, taking their total commitments at that point to more than £2.3 billion. By the end of 2016, the UK had delivered £550 million in new funding, £40 million more than the £510 million it had pledged for 2016.
Total UK funding for the Syria crisis now stands at £2.46 billion.