Refugee Policy Consultation

Closed 13 Dec 2022

Opened 1 Nov 2022

Results updated 2 Oct 2023



In March 2022, the Isle of Man welcomed its first Ukrainian guests to the Island under the Isle of Man Homes for Ukraine Scheme. Since this date, over 100 Ukrainian guests have been given leave to come and live in the Isle of Man.

Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, the Isle of Man Government had no established policy regarding refugees, and the issue was last discussed following the conflict in Syria. The Government position at that time was that hosting Syrian refugees would not be viable for the Isle of Man due to the difficulties in meeting the needs of those people. 

Earlier this year, Tynwald approved a motion requiring the Council of Ministers to present a transparent and updated refugee policy. A copy of this motion can be found under the 'Related' section below.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) define a refugee as ‘someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence’.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather the views from the public, and to use those views in the drafting of a refugee policy which will ultimately be debated in Tynwald.

This consultation should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete. You are able to save your responses and complete this consultation at another time.

If you have any questions about this consultation, please call Jasmine Cowin in External Relations on +44 1624 685207 or email

More about the Isle of Man’s response to the war in Ukraine can also be found on the Government's website.

Why your views matter

By answering this consultation, you have a chance to impact Isle of Man Government’s approach to crises and displaced peoples from around the world. 

How to respond

The deadline for responses is 23:59 on 13 December 2022.

Responses should be made via the Online Survey link below or in writing to:

Jasmine Cowin
External Relations, Cabinet Office,
3rd Floor Government Offices
Bucks Road
Isle of Man

When responding, please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation. If responding on behalf of a larger organisation, please make it clear who the organisation represents and, where applicable, how the views of the members were assembled.

If you require a paper copy of this consultation or wish for this consultation to be translated, please use the contact details provided.

What happens next

The updated Refugee Policy will be published on the Tynwald Register of Business for October 2023.


  • All Areas


  • All residents


  • Policies, strategies & plans
  • Passports, immigration & nationality