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Cypriots

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many refugees from Cyprus were admitted the United Kingdom after the Turkish invasion; how many remain in the United Kingdom; and what is his policy regarding their staying in the United Kingdom particularly if they came from areas now occupied by the Turkish Army;(2) in what circumstances and for what reasons Greek Cypriots who came to the United Kingdom as refugees after the invasion have been refused permission to stay.

As explained in the Home Office Memorandum of Evidence to the Select Committee on Cyprus—which was published with the Committee's report—no person has been admitted from Cyprus as a refugee, which is a term defined in the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951), but the Immigration Rules have been applied flexibly and with sympathy in the light of conditions in Cyprus. The criteria which are applied in considering applications by Cypriots for permission to prolong a temporary stay in the United Kingdom were fully described in that Memorandum and in the Government's observations (Cmnd. 6579) on the Select Committee's Report.