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Gurkhas allowed to stay in the UK

Gurkhas allowed to stay in the UK

Gurkhas who have served in the British Army will be able to apply forsettlement and then British citizenship on completion of their service.

The Prime Minister said:

"The Gurkhas have served this country with great skill, courage and dignity during some of the most testing times in our history.

They have made an enormous contribution not just to our armed forces but to the life of this country, and it is important their commitment and sacrifice is recognised."

The Home Secretary David Blunkett said:

"Throughout their history, the men of the Gurkha Brigade have shown unquestioning loyalty to the Queen and the people of the United Kingdom.

"In battle they have distinguished themselves as brave and skilful soldiers in all conditions and all terrains. Their 13 Victoria Crosses and numerous other bravery awards speak for themselves.

"I am very keen to ensure that we recognise their role in the history of our country and the part they have played in protecting us.

This is why we have put together the best possible package to enable discharged Gurkhas to apply for settlement and citizenship. I hope that the decision I have made today will make our gratitude clear."

"Those high military standards have been mirrored in their demeanour in civilian life. Their families too have shown devotion and commitment by travelling across continents to support the Brigade.

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