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Zimbabwe (Refugees)

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of refugees from Zimbabwe entering (a) Botswana, (b) the Republic of South Africa, (c) Mozambique and (d) Zambia in the last 12 months. (109725)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, then Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs on 28 February 2006, Official Report, column 636W. It is clear that, as the situation in Zimbabwe declines, the exodus of Zimbabweans into the region continues. It is increasingly a cause of concern for neighbouring countries.