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Asylum: Calais

Home Office written question – answered on 15th March 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has held with her French counterpart on the processing of asylum applications for people in Calais.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum applications have been processed by (a) French and (b) British authorities from individuals at the camp in Calais.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The Home Secretary has regular detailed conversations with her counterpart on the processing of asylum applications for migrants in Calais, most recently at the UK France Summit on 3 March. This discussion confirmed that no individual needs to remain in the camps in Calais and Dunkirk.

The UK shares the French Government’s objective of increasing the number of individuals who take up the offer of safe and fully equipped accommodation away from Calais so that they can engage with the French immigration system, including lodging an asylum claim. The French Government has, with the support of UK funding, established more than 100 Welcome Centres elsewhere in France where migrants in Calais can find a bed, meals and information about their options.

Under the UK France Joint Declaration signed on 20 August last year, the French Government is increasing the number of places in its asylum system, and is encouraging those in Calais to claim asylum. The numbers of migrants entering the French asylum system has increased significantly - over 2,800 migrants from the Calais area claimed asylum in France last year. Asylum claims lodged in France are the legal responsibility of the French authorities. British authorities do not process asylum applications made in other Member States.

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