Hundreds of Iraqi interpreters employed by the British Armed Forces in Iraq are being rejected after applying to live in Britain for their own safety.
Out of 700 who have now applied through the Ministry of Defence for the special settlement scheme announced by the Government last year, 300 have been rejected already, the MoD said yesterday.
Only 170 have been told they are eligible, and the rest are being processed. Successful applicants will be allowed to bring their closest dependants, including grandparents, if the Home Office accepts them as refugees.
An additional 180 Iraqis have applied through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office because they worked at the British Embassy in Baghdad or at other diplomatic missions. Of these, 38 have been turned down either for the settlement deal or for the alternative financial assistance package, The Times has learnt.
Defence sources said applicants were failing to meet the Government\’s strict eligibility conditions under which ex-Iraqi employees are required to prove 12 months of continuous employment with the British forces.
This system designed by The Honourable I\’d like a 10% pay rise and The Right Honourable no you can\’t see my expenses claims.
Forgive my visions of the mobbing peasantry descending upon them, pitchforks waving and brands alight.