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Migrant Camps: France

Home Office written question – answered on 7th May 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to improve (a) identification and (b) relocation procedures for (i) unaccompanied minors, (ii) disabled people, (iii) the elderly and (iv) pregnant women in informal camps at the UK border in northern France.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The identification and relocation of vulnerable migrants on French territory remains the domestic responsibility of the French government. We will continue to work collaboratively with France under the terms of the Sandhurst Treaty, as signed in 2018.

Those who are moved on from camps in Northern France are taken to reception centres where their asylum claims can be lodged, and any other needs assessed. Since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in France, over 600 migrants have been moved to accommodation centres to aid with social distancing measures. Within these centres, individuals are provided with medical and administrative support.

We also remain fully committed to meeting our obligations under the Dublin III Regulation and continue to process Dublin cases, including children, as far as the current restrictions in place across Europe permit. We are continuing to liaise with our counterparts in EU Member States on what actions can be taken during this period and to effect transfers as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.

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