Detail of outcome
The government announced that it would not resettle the Chagossian people to the British Indian Ocean Territory on the grounds of feasibility, defence and security interests, and cost to the British taxpayer. Read the Written Ministerial Statement published on 16 November 2016.
Detail of feedback received
In December 2012 the UK government announced its intention to review resettlement policy towards the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). The ongoing review takes into account a range of information, including an independent feasibility study of the practical costs and risks associated with potential resettlement of the Territory, alongside other options that respond to Chagossian aspirations. In March 2015, Ministers of the UK Government agreed that further work was required to clarify a number of uncertainties in this area. A public consultation took place between 4 August 2015 and 27 October 2015 to help address those uncertainties. We are today publishing a summary of the feedback received in response to that consultation. Ministers of the UK Government continue to consider the results, with a view to taking decisions on the way ahead soon.
As part of this further work, the UK government is seeking the views of Chagossians and other interested parties. This consultation will run from 4 August to 27 October 2015, and views are being sought about the issues set out in the relevant documents below. These documents have been sent to members of the Chagossian community in the UK and overseas, relevant governments in the region and other interested parties including NGOs and Parliamentarians. The UK government welcomes views by 27 October 2015 which can be submitted at BIOT.FeasibilityStudy@fco.gov.uk.