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Falkland Islanders (Citizenship)

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 22 April 1982

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asked the Prime Minister if, in light of the serious situation in the Falkland Islands, Her Majesty's Government will publish a White Paper setting out the rights of the Falkland Islanders who will shortly become citizens of the British dependent territories by comparison with citizens of Common Market countries and citizens of France's overseas territories.

Those Falkland Islanders who will become British dependent territories citizens subject to immigration control will ordinarily have to qualify for admission under the immigration rules although, as my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary said in reply to the question from my hon. Friend on 8 April, they will in the present situation be admitted for settlement. European Community nationals, including French overseas citizens, also have to qualify for admission under the immigration rules, but, by virtue of our EC Treaty obligations, they are admitted to take or seek employment without work permits or to set up in business. I do not think a White Paper on the subject would serve any useful purpose.