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Immigration: Gurkhas

Home Department written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former soldiers of Gurkha regiments are resident in the UK.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

Since the rules this Government introduced in 2004 came into force, over 6,000 former Gurkhas and family members have been granted settlement in the UK.

It is not possible to disaggregate the number of Gurkhas who are legally resident here in other categories of the immigration rules from other Nepalese citizens without the examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

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