Update on ODA eligibility of funding for refugees in the UK

An update to our review assessing Official Development Assistance (ODA) spent on supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, following the passage of the Illegal Migration Act 2023.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 6 September 2023
  3. Type: Rapid review
  4. Subject: Refugees and displacement
  5. Location: UK
  6. Lead commissioner: Tamsyn Barton
  7. SDGs covered:Reduced inequalities, Gender equality

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This update finds that the Illegal Migration Act 2023, if implemented in full, could mean that much of the Home Office’s current spending on support for asylum seekers in the UK would no longer be eligible to be counted as Official Development Assistance (ODA).

It models three hypothetical scenarios of how the aid budget could be affected by the Act, depending on the extent to which it is implemented, including the use of safe routes.

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Review publication

29 March 2023

Update to the review

25 April 2023

Government response

6 July 2023

Approach published for further update

8 August 2023

Evidence gathering


Further update publication

6 September 2023