Refugees: Caribbean

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 23rd May 2023.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps to support the (a) Dominican Republic and (b) Turks and Caicos islands with potential increased in the number refugees arriving in those countries from Haiti.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Rising instability in Haiti has led to increased numbers of people departing to nearby countries, including the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). The UK is working with international partners, including the governments of the Dominican Republic and TCI, and through our role on the United Nations Security Council to build a coordinated response that addresses the root causes of irregular migration from Haiti. The UK continues to provide TCI with support to strengthen its borders, including through border security expertise and the lease of a maritime surveillance aircraft.

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