Andrew Green, Baron Green of Deddington
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Andrew Fleming Green, Baron Green of Deddington, KCMG (born 6 August 1941) is a former British diplomat. He is the founding chairman of MigrationWatch UK, an organisation concerned with immigration to the United Kingdom. He has also held a number of positions with voluntary organisations.
Background and education
Lord Green was educated at Haileybury before going up to Magdalene, Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences and Economics. He then took a three-year Short Service Commission in the Royal Green Jackets.
On joining the Diplomatic Service in 1965, he studied Arabic in the Lebanon. Thereafter, he spent half his career in the Middle East where he served in six posts. The remainder of his service was divided between London, Paris, and Washington DC. He was HM Ambassador in Syria (1991–94) and then Director for the Middle East at the Foreign Office, before serving for four and a half years as Ambassador in Saudi Arabia.
Migration Watch UK
After his retirement in June 2000, Lord Green went on to co-found Migration Watch UK together with David Coleman, Professor of Demography at Oxford University. He has been chairman since it was established in December 2001.
A good deal of his time has been devoted to other voluntary work. He is a former Chairman of Medical Aid for Palestinians (a British charity seeking to improve health care for Palestinians both in Palestine and in refugee camps). He was for several years a member of the Advisory Board of Concordis, a charity specialising in conflict resolution. And he was for 12 years a board member of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (a human rights organisation which speaks for Christians and others around the world who are suffering persecution for their religious beliefs).
He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1991 Birthday Honours and promoted as Knight Commander (KCMG) in the 1998 Birthday Honours.
On 21 October 2014 it was announced that Sir Andrew Green was to be created a life peer on David Cameron's personal recommendation for Green's "proven record of public service." He was duly created Baron Green of Deddington, in the County of Oxfordshire on 28 November 2014. Lord Green sits on the cross benches in the House of Lords.