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Indonesia: Refugees

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL1307, tabled on 22 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) number, and (2) treatment, of refugees in Indonesia, in particular those in Java; and what steps they are taking to support the government of Indonesia with any such refugees.

Answered on

6 July 2021

There are 13,700 refugees registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Indonesia. Whilst the refugees are spread across the archipelago, including 81 Rohingya that landed by boat in Sumatra this year, up to half are based in the Jakarta area. We are working with international partners in Indonesia, including UNHCR, International Red Cross and the International Organisation for Migration, in support of refugees. We have made official representations to the Governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states on the Rohingya, including at Ministerial level. We are clear that Rohingya refugees should be granted the appropriate protection status and humanitarian assistance within these countries.