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Burma: Refugees

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will seek to organise, through the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or otherwise, education and access to employment for refugees from Burma now in India and Thailand. [HL3480]

Our embassies in Bangkok and Rangoon have regular discussions with the UN High Commission for Refugees in Thailand and Burma, and the Government of Thailand, about the welfare of refugees in Thailand. These discussions include access to education and employment. The UN High Commission for Refugees is denied access to Mizoram State and is therefore unable to visit the camps in India. However, we look for opportunities to raise the situation of Burmese refugees in India with the state and central governments as part of our dialogue with the Government of India on Burma.