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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 Iraqi citizens (a) serving and (b) employed formerly by the British Government in Iraq are eligible for one of the places set aside under the UK's Gateway refugee resettlement programme.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Foreign Secretary

I refer to my written statement to Parliament on 30 October 2007, Hansard, columns 30-33WS. Provision for up to 600 places has been made within the Gateway programme over the next two years for staff and their dependants who meet the criteria. The 600 spaces are open to both former and serving staff (including dependants) as defined by the scheme. In practice, however, we expect most serving staff who are eligible and wish to come to the UK to avail themselves of exceptional leave outside the immigration rules and travel directly to the UK from Iraq.

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