§ Viscount Davidson
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the current situation concerning Vietnamese migrants.
§ Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
A further 118 Vietnamese illegal immigrants were repatriated from Hong Kong under the orderly repatriation programme on two flights,60 on 4th August and 58 on 10th October. All had undergone the UNHCR approved screening and appeal procedures and found not to be refugees. The UNHCR's voluntary repatriation programme is proving most successful. More than 28,000 have already been repatriated under this system from the region without an single substantiated report of persecution. We hope that all non-refugees now in Hong Kong will decide to follow them. The clearing of the Hong Kong camps will enable genuine refugees to be properly looked after and resettled as appropriate.