Iraq: Refugees

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the view expressed by the Government of Sweden that the Iraqi refugee crisis could be solved in part by the use of "pooled resettlement capacity" in the European Union; and what steps have been taken to resettle Iraqi refugees in the United Kingdom through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State, Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The UK has noted the proposal put forward by Sweden in respect of resettlement of Iraqi refugees. There is no co-ordinated EU-wide resettlement programme in place at the present time. We consider that it is up to each individual EU member state to determine what places (if any) it can make available. The UK is one of six EU member states that have a domestic resettlement programme.

All resettlement places for 2007 have been allocated. The Home Office is in discussion with the UNHCR about the feasibility of including a group of Iraqi refugees for resettlement within our 2008 gateway programme.

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