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Foreign Office officials questioned on the migration and refugee crisis

18 January 2016

The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee holds a one-off evidence session on the external dimensions of the migration and refugee crisis, as background to the Committee's forthcoming short inquiry on  European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED) Operation Sophia.


Thursday 21 January in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.05am

  • Mr Edward Hobart, Migration Envoy, Europe Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Mr Richard Lindsay, Head of Security Policy Department, Defence and International Security Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Possible questions

Questions the Committee is likely to put to the witnesses include:

  • Can you update us on EU agreements reached with other (non-EU) countries on the management of migrants and refugees?
  • What steps have been taken to repatriate migrants and negotiate readmission agreements with countries of origin?
  • Can you offer us an update of the numbers of refugees and illegal migrants reported to have reached EU shores in 2015? What trends do you expect for 2016?
  • How would you assess the effectiveness of the EU naval mission – Operation Sophia – in meeting its mandate of both disrupting the business model of smugglers and saving lives? What are the next steps for the CSDP mission? How is the UK engaged in Operation Sophia?

Further information

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