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 the degree of risk faced by former Iraqi employees is relevant to (a) admittance to the locally employed staff assistance scheme and (b) the determination of who should be allocated a resettlement place.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Foreign Secretary

Eligibility for assistance is determined by whether the applicant meets the objective criteria which I announced on 9 October 2008, Hansard, columns 27-28WS and 30 October, Hansard, columns 30-33WS. These do not include the degree of risk faced by an individual. But the introduction of the scheme was grounded in a recognition that the circumstances in which our Iraqi locally engaged staff have served have been uniquely difficult.

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