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Ilois: Resettlement

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Advisory Opinion of 25 February from the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965, what assessment they have made of the compensation they may be required to pay to the government of Mauritius to allow Chagossians who wish to return to the archipelago to be resettled.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​In November 2016, following a comprehensive review, the Government considered all the available information and has decided not to support resettlement of Chagossians on the grounds of feasibility, defence and security interests, and cost to the British tax payer. The decision was announced by Written Ministerial Statement on 16 November 2016.

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