Increased Aid Spent On Hosting Refugees In 2015; Additional Spending Did Not Detract From Funding For Existing Development Programs, OECD Figures Show

The Guardian: Hosting refugees now uses 9% of foreign aid budgets
“The amount of foreign aid money rich nations spend on dealing with the impact of the refugee crisis at home has almost doubled over the past year and now accounts for nine percent of all development expenditure, according to the latest official figures. … Many of the European countries most affected by the mass migration of people recorded surges in their official development assistance (ODA) in 2015 … The OECD says that all these rises, to greater or lesser extents, were caused by growing in-donor refugee costs…” (Jones, 4/13).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Development aid hits record as spending on refugees doubles — OECD
“…OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said most donors had avoided diverting money from development programs to cover the costs of the European refugee crisis. The rise in spending on refugees in donor countries did not have a significant impact on development programs as half the donors used money from outside their aid budgets to cover these costs, the OECD said…” (Mis, 4/13).

Wall Street Journal: OECD: Spending by Developed Countries on Refugees Almost Doubled in 2015
“…In its annual review of the aid programs of 28 rich country governments, the OECD said the cost of hosting refugees rose to $12 billion [in 2015] from $6.6 billion in 2014. But it found those extra funds weren’t taken from existing aid budgets, which increased over the year and are set to do so in future. … The Paris-based research body calculates that including spending on refugees, aid budgets rose by 6.9 percent from 2014 to total $131.6 billion. Excluding the cost of hosting refugees, aid spending still rose by 1.7 percent. However, relative to the size of developed economies, aid spending was unchanged…” (Hannon, 4/13).

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