1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

£100 Million blown on an almost EMPTY Syrian Refugee Camp

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Cantandmorecant, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    More than £100 million has been spent by the British government on building the world's second biggest refugee camp 55 miles from the Syrian border. Over 16 months Britain has combined with the EU and the UN in building the camp which is the size of a city ready to house 130,000 refugees. Ministers assured parliament that this camp city showed taxpayers [ :( ] that Britain's efforts were on a par with other global efforts handing over, through the Department of International Development, £115 million to the UNHCR + £227 million to the World Food Programme + many millions to charities working inside the camps themselves.

    A few weeks ago Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood said in the House of Commons that the camp was an example of British benevolence: “I am pleased to say that we are seeing how well British money is spent. It is clear refugees want to stay in the region.” [:eek: ]

    Yet the UNHCR has admitted that the camp city has been a failure since numbers leaving Syria has slowed since Jordan began vetting arrivals to stop militants and those leaving simply went to Turkey who, in order to offload them onto other countries, allowed them to go to Greece and other parts of Europe.

    Britain was the first country in the G7 to honour its commitment to ringfencing 0.7 per cent of gross national income for foreign aid. This means that 7p of every £10 raised from British taxpayers is spent on overseas development. In 2013, this amounted to £11.4 billion. For 2014 the figures were closer to £11.8 billion.

    Critics say the only people benefitting from this enormous sum of money are the international welfare services with British taxpayers footing the bill for ever higher costs through the foreign aid budget, while millions here are reliant on food banks and 100,000 British children are homeless.
    Cliffedge likes this.
  2. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

  3. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter


    Should anyone wish to make a charitable donation of any size to Save the Children's Syria fund, or any of their other various appeal funds, then they may do so here. Thank you.
  4. cariadwch

    cariadwch Established commenter

    The £1500 million spent on bombing Libya was a much better use of taxpayers money. The benefits of removing Gadaffi are clear to see for Britons, Libyans and the people in neighbouring countries.
    The hundreds of millions being spent on bombing Syria will bring similar benefits. Each Tornado mission only costs about half a million quid.
  5. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    If I remember correctly, that was humanitarian aid.
    ninenotes likes this.
  6. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    So many nutters, so little time.
  7. cariadwch

    cariadwch Established commenter

    Best to spend the money in the UK though. That half a million could fund 20 homeless non British children for a whole year.
  8. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    £25k each?
  9. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Or 20 homeless ex-service personnel.
    ninenotes likes this.
  10. Horatio_Blows

    Horatio_Blows Senior commenter

    So much better to make it a failed rather than functioning state where civil war where refugees are made out of people. I see.
  11. Horatio_Blows

    Horatio_Blows Senior commenter

    So bomb their country and pay for them here, while presumably forgetting about our own homeless children, eh?
  12. Horatio_Blows

    Horatio_Blows Senior commenter

    Another excellent and worthy recipient.
    Cantandmorecant likes this.
  13. Horatio_Blows

    Horatio_Blows Senior commenter

    A department which should be closed down! Why are taxpayers in this country funding other countries which have their own space programme?!
    Cantandmorecant likes this.
  14. Horatio_Blows

    Horatio_Blows Senior commenter

    Something this and other countries should have been doing from the beginning.

    They really know how to offload don't they? And to think those idiots in the EU are fast-tracking their application to join their cosy and elite club.
    Cantandmorecant likes this.
  15. cariadwch

    cariadwch Established commenter

    The half a million is only the cost of a single tornado mission (with a fired missile included). If we can afford to go off with the French to install democracy in Libya, then there's obviously plenty of money that could be available to help all our British homeless people.
    Cameron's 'Delivering Freedom and Democracy in Libya' project cost the UK £1.5 billion. The same amount that the government estimates homelessness costs the UK each year.
  16. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Big numbers. Makes the government look as if it's doing something.

    It's not as if they really care about the refugees. They just want to be able to claim they are responding.

    Hard to know how they spent more than a couple of hundred quid on it as it used to be a Gulf War camp for Iraqis and Kuwaitis. Perhaps the headline figure was hypothecated rather than actually spent.
  17. Horatio_Blows

    Horatio_Blows Senior commenter

  18. Horatio_Blows

    Horatio_Blows Senior commenter

    Fell to bits? Got demolished?

    Do you think the Dept of International Development make up figures as they do along? Or is it the amount you find hard to swallow?
    Cliffedge and Cantandmorecant like this.
  19. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    No it was actually spent.
    Cliffedge likes this.
  20. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    Good question. We never get to hear answers to questions like these though. Obviously the answers are too awkward.
    Cliffedge likes this.

Share This Page