Refugees: Families

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government will continue to apply the family reunification Dublin III Regulation when the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The UK’s family reunion policy is generous; we have and continue to reunite many refugees with their immediate family. We have granted over 23,000 family reunion visas over the last five years.

Whilst we remain a member of the EU, we will continue to participate in Dublin III. We are ready to discuss our future relationship on establishing responsibility for processing asylum claims as part of negotiations. It would be wrong to set out our position on the nature of any future relationship here, but we expect our close cooperation on asylum and migration with our European allies to continue after the UK leaves the EU.

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