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Mediterranean Sea: Refugees

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 30th November 2016.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of UK and NATO support for the EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia in the Mediterranean.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

UK support to EU NAVFORMED Operation SOPHIA is making an important contribution to addressing migrant flows across the Mediterranean. Smugglers can no longer operate with impunity on the High Seas: SOPHIA has destroyed over 330 smuggling boats, apprehended nearly 100 suspected smugglers, and saved almost 30,000 lives - more than 9,000 of which were done so by HMS ENTERPRISE. And as part of a long-term solution, the UK is contributing to the training of the Libyan Coastguard to tackle migration from its shores.

At the Warsaw Summit in July, NATO Allies agreed to support SOPHIA's efforts to tackle irregular migration in the Mediterranean. This support will be delivered through NATO's newly launched maritime security framework, Operation SEA GUARDIAN, building on the swift and effective cooperation seen in joint efforts to cut lines of human trafficking in the Aegean Sea.

We are clear that SOPHIA is only one part of a comprehensive approach that addresses both the causes of migration and their consequences.

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