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Zimbabwe: Asylum

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the effects of recent political events in Zimbabwe on refugee flows from the country; and if he will make a statement. (201998)

We are not aware of further widespread emigration since the recent elections in Zimbabwe. However, post-election violence has created hundreds of internally displaced persons, mainly in rural areas, with individuals seeking refuge with family in the cities or church groups. The UK is already providing support to the people of Zimbabwe, £49 million in 2007, targeting those most in need as a result of the economic mismanagement of the country.