Ilois: Resettlement:Written question - 122206

(Lewisham, Deptford)
Asked on: 11 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ilois: Resettlement
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to review the right to return of the Chagossian people.
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 19 January 2018

Like successive Governments before it, the Government expresses its sincere regret about the manner in which Chagossians were removed from BIOT in the 1960s and 1970s. For the reasons set out in the Written Ministerial Statement of 16 November 2016, the Government does not intend to reverse its decision against resettlement. In light of that decision, the Government has not reconsidered the prohibition on right of entry established under the 2004 BIOT (Constitution) Order. The Government is continuing its work with Chagossian communities in Mauritius, Seychelles and the UK with regard to how to implement the approximately £40 million support package which was announced at the same time.

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