The interpreters, many of whom are married with children, applied to move to Britain under a scheme set up in coordination with the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR. But this first requires applicants to travel to a third country to gain refugee status.
The process is far more time-consuming than simply airlifting the Iraqis direct to Britain – an option that is open only to those who are still working for the British Forces in southern Iraq or a government department.
Ali, who had been waiting in hiding in Iraq, was told in April that he would be among the first batch to go to Amman to apply for asylum. British officials in Basra gave him $6,200 (£3,100) to cover his expenses – married couples received slightly more.
Ali and the rest of the group were then told that “the procedure would take just six weeks”, he said. “When we reached Amman, the UNHCR said we would have to stay six months, maybe longer.”
Wonderful, don\’t you think? That people should have to sit in Jordan for 6 months while the bureaucrats play with pieces of paper? For no real or apparent reason of course: it\’s already been decided that they should come here, that we owe them a debt and that we should pay up on that debt.
So why are the fuckwits doing this to them?