Immigration: France

Home Office written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many payments have been made to France under Article 7 of the Sandhurst Treaty 2018 under each heading.

Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action has been taken under Article 8 of the Sandhurst Treaty 2018; and what payments have been made by each of the contracting states in connection with such action.

Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish details of the joint approach that has been implemented under Article 8 of the Sandhurst Treaty 2018; and if he will place copies of the (a) minutes and (b) other relevant documents relating to that joint approach the Library.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Under Article 7 of the Sandhurst Treaty, the UK committed to support French efforts to return those with no lawful basis of stay on French territo-ry, and to increasing the availability of interpreters. Payments to implement both of these projects have been made over the course of the 18/19 Finan-cial year, and we are forecasting to spend the full package allocated to this work.

Under Article 8, the UK has scaled-up existing source-country communication efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa to help reduce irregular migration. Payments to support this work have been made over the course of the 18/19 Financial year.

Additionally, the UK and France are working closely as part of the Collabo-ration Against Trafficking and Smuggling project, which aims to tackle irreg-ular migration and organised immigration crime through strengthened man-agement along the Niger/Nigeria border. A preliminary workshop (Lagos, October 2018) brought together representatives from the four programme partners (Nigeria, Niger, France and the UK), as well as a representative from the IOM, during which parties agreed upon potential areas of work to build cross-border collaboration which will inform the full design of the pro-gramme. Planning is underway for the second workshop to be held in Spring 2019.

The minutes of meetings relating to projects under Articles 7 and 8 are confidential and to disclose them would risk jeopardizing the trust of an important foreign ally.

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