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Chileans And Vietnamese

Volume 890: debated on Monday 14 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many adult Chileans have been allowed to enter the country for political refuge since the military coup in October 1973; and whether he will permit equal numbers of adult South Vietnamese to seek political asylum here.

683 Chileans, including wives and dependent children, are known to have arrived here for settlement since the coup. We have accepted these refugees in order to participate in the relief of suffering in company with many other countries. If it becomes necessary to mount an international operation to help refugees from Vietnam we would again be prepared to play a part.