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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 former Iraqi interpreters and their families accepted onto the Locally Employed Staff Assistance scheme will receive the package of financial assistance available to those being considered under the 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. Financial support is provided to all those staff who are considered for resettlement under the Gateway programme specifically in order to allow them to support themselves during the screening process in a third country. This is separate from, and less than, the one-off package of financial assistance offered to all staff as an alternative to resettlement in the UK.

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