Home Office written question – answered on 8th July 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to work with the (a) UNHCR and (b) the International Organisation for Migration to tackle delays in refugee resettlement as a result of (a) testing, (b) self-isolation and (iii) delays with travel documents; and when her Department plans to commence the resettlement programmes.

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

It is not currently possible to undertake resettlement activity due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The resumption of resettlement is dependent upon a number of factors including the restarting of flights from refugee-hosting countries; the lifting of restrictions imposed by the governments of those countries; the ability of our international partners to operate safely; the reopening of the UK’s visa application centres and local authority capability and capacity to receive refugees.

The situation is being constantly monitored, including through regular bilateral engagement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration.

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