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Foreign Nationals (Northern Ireland)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to provide (a) protection and (b) assistance to foreign nationals working in Northern Ireland, with particular reference to access to entitlements. (74681)

Foreign nationals in Northern Ireland, as elsewhere in the UK, will generally be entitled to assistance and protection from the consular authorities of their own country, in addition, in many cases, to those sources of assistance which are also available to British citizens, including the police. As to entitlements to social security benefits, in general these are not available to persons who are subject to immigration control, while EU nationals in general enjoy rights to equal treatment under community law.