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Asylum: Iraq

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi citizens have applied for the UK Gateway Programme since its inception. (189888)

[holding answer 27 February 2008]: The Gateway Protection Programme has been in operation since 2004 and resettles a small number of nationalities each year. Applications are submitted by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the Border and Immigration Agency. As of 25 February 2008, UNHCR has applied on behalf of 131 Iraqi citizens (including dependants) for consideration within the Gateway Programme.