Iraq: Asylum

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Iraqis formerly employed by the British government are excluded from resettlement under the Locally Employed Staff Assistance Scheme when they do not qualify as refugees under the 1951 Convention.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Foreign Secretary

I refer to my statement to Parliament on 30 October 2007, Hansard, columns 30-33WS. To be eligible for resettlement under the Gateway Protection Programme, former staff must be recognised as refugees by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

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