Greece: Asylum

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report by Oxfam Vulnerable and Abandoned, published on 9 January, about (1) specialised shelters for minors, (2) special accommodation for single women, (3) access to medical services for pregnant and lactating women, and (4) psycho-social and psychiatric support for people with mental health conditions.

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We are aware of the report. In our contacts at official and Ministerial level, the FCO has consistently raised concerns with the Greek government about the humanitarian situation faced by some migrants, and we will continue to do so. The UK remains fully committed to working with Greece to manage migration in the Eastern Mediterranean through the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. Since March 2018, the UK has provided interpreters to work with the Greek Reception and Identification Service, supporting migrants arriving on the hotspot islands, including through facilitating access to medical and psycho-social care. As the Minister for Immigration announced on 20 December, we have also made changes to the 'Dubs amendment' scheme to allow more of the most vulnerable unaccompanied children to qualify for relocation to the UK.

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