Syria: Refugees - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:51 pm on 10th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development 2:51 pm, 10th January 2017

We give them humanitarian protection, which is broadly the same thing. I know what the noble Baroness will say, but what we have is people in acute need and we want to get them here as quickly as possible. Humanitarian protection is the vehicle by which we can do so. If we first have to go all the way through the route of establishing refugee status for a lot of people who have no identification papers, it means they are at risk for longer. That is why we have chosen to take that particular route, to ensure that we can get people here and give them the help they need as quickly as possible.