House of Lords written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcomes of the visit to Eritrea by Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office representatives in December 2014.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

As part of an ongoing dialogue on migration related issues between the UK and Eritrean governments, a joint delegation of senior Home Office and Foreign Office officials visited Eritrea on 9-11 December. The delegation held a number of discussions with government ministers, officials and non-government actors on topics including the current drivers of irregular migration, ways to mitigate it, and voluntary and enforced returns. The meetings were constructive and identified a number of potential areas for joint co-operation, including on returns. We are now considering how best to use the information gathered during the visit to develop our approach to managing migration from Eritrea.

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