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15 Jul 2019

Refugees living on British military base in Cyprus allowed to settle in UK

Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

They were marooned on a British military base in Cyprus for 20 years, but now five refugee families are finally being resettled in the UK.

Their arrival here will end the long-running dispute with the British government, which initially refused to accept them after they were rescued by the RAF from their shipwrecked boat.

Their case went all the way to the highest court in the land before the Home Office finally relented, insisting this was an exceptional one-off decision.