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This country has always played a leading part in responding to global crises of the kind which so many are enduring as a result of the conflict in Syria. In recent weeks, some of the refugees who came to this country before the Second World War, through the Kindertransport, have shared their memories, during the commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. At the end of the 1950s, Britain led the movement which became the World Refugee initiative under the aegis of the United Nations. Since then, we have sheltered people seeking refuge from conflicts in Commonwealth countries and more recently from other countries like Afghanistan.
At the beginning of February, Britain, along with Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations, is co-hosting the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London. Global leaders will meet with the aim of raising significant new funding to meet the needs of millions of people caught up in this humanitarian crisis.
As well as addressing the need for what will be billions of dollars of funding, there are also educational and other opportunities needed to help those involved. Britain has given aid to help provide education to a quarter of a million children. We have also given food aid and provision to ensure people have access to clean water.
Children have been particular victims of the conflict and our government is working with Save the Children to get help to them. In most cases, their needs will be best met by help provided within the region itself. However, Britain is going to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees. Vulnerable children, including orphans, will be a priority.
This expanded programme will ensure that more than half of the new aid is going to go to help support the children affected by this crisis, especially those who have lost their parents or who are separated from their families.