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Iran (Refugees)

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 12 November 1997

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21.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will estimate the numbers of refugees in Iran; and what action she is taking, with our European partners, to provide assistance to them. [14128]

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) there are approximately 2,016,000 refugees in Iran, including:

1.4 M from Afghanistan;
580,000 from Iraq;
36,000 others (of which the main groups are from Zaire, Rwanda, Angola, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bosnia, Tajikstan, and Azerbaijan).
The European Community Humanitarian Office have given over £28 million during the period 1992–1996 of which the UK share is approximately £4.7 million. It's programmes are regularly discussed among EU partners.