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Libya: EU Immigration

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

Her Majesty's Government what is the closest distance to the Libyan coast that EU migrant search and rescue missions operate; whether migrants picked up at a certain distance are returned to Libya and not brought to the EU; and if so, what is that distance.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

Vessels engaged in Operation Sophia, the EU Naval Force Mediterranean, and Operation Triton, the EU's border control and surveillance mission, are not currently authorised to operate in Libyan territorial waters, which, though disputed, are considered, for the purposes of EU operations, to extend 12 nautical miles from the coastline. No-one rescued by these vessels is taken to Libya.

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