Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean and Europe

Part of Opposition Day — [6th allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 6:42 pm on 9th September 2015.

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Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons), Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) 6:42 pm, 9th September 2015

I thank the Minister for giving way: he is being very generous. I want to take us away from the statistics to the things that will actually help the refugees in the camps. Does he agree that the humanitarian crisis response model is not fit for a long-term crisis and that responding with short-term assistance does not give hope to refugees? We need to address problems of insecurity, long-term education and job opportunities. That will address the drivers of this crisis.