HC Deb 20 October 1954 vol 531 cc186-7W
133. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action has been taken to remove refugees from Zone A of Trieste; how many remain; what are their nationalities; and what action it is proposed to take to deal with this problem.

Mr. Turton

It has always been the policy of Allied Military Government to facilitate the resettlement of as many refugees as possible. One thousand eight hundred refugees have been resettled in the first nine months of this year and it is expected that close on 800 more will have been resettled by the end of this month.

On 15th October, 4,944 refugees were registered with Allied Military Government, of whom 3,474 were in camps receiving assistance from Allied Military Government and 1,470 were living in Zone A under private arrangements. The majority of both groups are of Yugoslav nationality, but the refugeees also include Albanians, Bulgarians, Czechs, Greeks, Hungarians, Poles, Roumanians and Ukrainians.

The arrangements being made for the assumption by Italy of the administration of the Zone include arrangements for the Italian Government to take over the refugee camps as going concerns when Allied Military Government's responsibilities cease.