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Ugandan Asians debate

Peers discussed the 40th anniversary of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians from their home country, on 6 December 2012.

The debate was called by Conservative peer Lord Popat. Conservative MP Shailesh Vara led a debate on the subject in the Commons.

In 1972, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Asians living in the country who had not taken Ugandan citizenship to leave within 90 days.

Amin exploited resentment towards Asians in Uganda at the time, which persisted partly as a result of their success in the business and civil service sectors.

It is estimated there were around 60,000 Ugandan Asians in 1972. Thirty-thousand dual passport-holders arrived in UK and almost all were granted asylum.

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