Libya: Detainees

Foreign and Commonwealth 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the detention of refugees and migrants in Libya.

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)

​The Government's aim is for migration to be safe, legal and well managed. We remain concerned by the conditions faced by migrants in Libyan detention centres and have consistently raised this issue with the Libyan Authorities. The UK continues to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable refugees and migrants in detention centres, where possible to do so. We are also working with the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa on initiatives to improve conditions in these centres.

These efforts are part of a wider approach to migration that includes providing up to £5 million of funding for UN agencies and non-governmental organisations, supporting assisted voluntary returns, tackling people smuggling and encouraging economic development in source countries.

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