Immigration: Middle East

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2018.

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Photo of Stephen Kerr Stephen Kerr Conservative, Stirling

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Christians from Syria and Iraq have been resettled in the UK to date.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Our resettlement schemes prioritise the most vulnerable refugees regardless of race, religion or ethnicity – we do not discriminate in favour of, or against, any particular group. This is why we work closely with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees which has well-established procedures and criteria for identifying and resettling the most vulnerable refugees.

The refugees that we are bringing to the United Kingdom are very vulnerable people. Our primary concern is their safety and protection as they arrive here. We believe that one way to protect their privacy and enable their recovery and integration is to limit the amount of information about them that we make publicly available. We therefore do not plan to publish a breakdown of resettled refugees’ religious affiliations.

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