Asylum: Libya

Home Office written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied minors previously held in Libyan detention centres the UK has resettled.

Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people the UK has resettled from the Emergency Transit Mechanism in Niger following their evacuation from Libya.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

UNHCR is conducting lifesaving evacuations of targeted groups of extremely vulnerable persons of concern currently in Libya who have been subject to serious violations of their human rights, including different forms of inhumane treatment and indefinite detention without access to effective legal remedies.

Following UNHCR’s appeal for resettlement places, the UK has committed to resettle some of the most vulnerable refugees who have been evacuated by UNHCR from Libya to Niger. This will include unaccompanied minors.

Our prime concern is their safety and protection as they arrive in this country. We want to protect their privacy and ensure their recovery and integration, as they rebuild their lives in safe and secure surroundings, among supportive communities in the UK. We will, therefore, not be providing a running commentary on this specific cohort.

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