Iraq: Camp Ashraf

House of Lords written question – answered on 11 October 2012.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received about the plans for relocation of the former residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq; and how many of them they have agreed to accept in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on 25 December 2011, which allowed for the voluntary relocation of residents from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty. The terms of the MoU allow the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to make assessments following the applications made by all the residents of Camp Ashraf for refugee status. We are not in a position to judge the outcome or duration of a process which is necessarily between individual residents and the UNHCR, nor do we collect data relating to the number or destination of residents who have been relocated to third countries.

In response to an appeal from the UN to accept former residents of Ashraf, we have agreed to consider the readmission to the UK, on an exceptional and case by case basis, of those who have had previous residence in the UK as refugees. The UK has re-admitted five individuals from Camp Ashraf holding valid UK travel documents. We have also undertaken to examine exceptionally the cases of 52 residents with previous refugee status in the UK but who do not have current or valid UK travel documents. This consideration will be subject to the UNHCR first concluding an assessment of their refugee status. The granting of refugee status by the UK previously does not automatically entitle individuals to re-enter the UK.

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