On the 17th and 18th July 2017, the Bishop of Southwark, Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, received written answers to questions about Iraqi refugees fleeing Daesh and who are eligible for ressetlement under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.
Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, what estimate they have made of the number of Iraqis that have fled Daesh in Iraq who are now refugees in countries bordering Syria. [HL704]
Lord Bates: As of July, the UN estimates that 257,476 Iraqi refugees who have fled Daesh are hosted in countries in the region such as Turkey and Jordan. Most people who have fled Daesh in Iraq are internally displaced; currently over 3 million Iraqis are internally displaced within Iraq.
The Lord Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of Iraqi refugees that have fled Daesh in Syria who are now eligible for ressetlement under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.
Baroness Williams of Trafford: The extended scope of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme will make it accessible to the most vulnerable refugees in the Middle East and North Africa region who have fled the Syrian conflict, regardless of their nationality. This may include Iraqi refugees, if they are genuine refugees and cannot seek the protection of their country of origin. There is no current estimate on the number Iraqi refugees that are now eligible. We will continue to rely on UNHCR to identify and refer the most vulnerable refugees.