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Hayat Belkacem

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Moroccan counterpart on the shooting of the immigrant Hayat Belkacem on 25 September.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We are aware of Hayat Belkacem's death. However, we frequently discuss migration-related issues with the Moroccans, most recently at a briefing hosted by the Moroccan Foreign Minister last week. Through our development programmes we are also supporting Moroccan efforts to address the root causes of migration. The UK remains committed to a comprehensive, "whole-of-route" approach, involving targeted interventions at each stage of a migrant's journey. This is the most effective long-term solution to unmanaged, irregular migration. We will play an active role in the Global Compact meetings in Marrakech in December as we work with the international community on this issue.

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