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Cypriot Immigrants

Volume 12: debated on Monday 9 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the current Government policy on the Cypriots who came to the United Kingdom from Cyprus as a result of the coup and invasion of 1974.

Those Cypriots who were allowed to enter or remain in the United Kingdom outside the immigration rules as a result of the events of 1974 were granted such concessions on the understanding that they would be expected to re-establish themselves in Cyprus in due course. Extensions of stay continue to be granted to those in this category whom it would still be unreasonable to expect to return to Cyprus.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refugees from both Greek and Turkish communities came to the United Kingdom during or following the coup and invasion of 1974; how many have left voluntarily; how many have been forced to return to Cyprus as a result of his Department's decisions; and how many are still in the United Kingdom.