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Safe Passage and Help Refugees on Channel crossings

15 September 2020

The Home Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into Channel crossings, migration and asylum-seeking routes through the EU as it takes evidence from charities Safe Passage and Help Refugees.

The session will examine the perspectives of two charities supporting refugees on the causes of the growth in attempts to cross the Channel in small boats, outside established migration procedures. This will include the common countries of origin of migrants, how they make the journey to northern France and across the Channel and the conditions under which they are currently living in northern France. It will look at the role of organised crime in driving growth and facilitating crossings.

With the UK ceasing to apply the Dublin regulation at the end of the year, the Committee will also examine the UK’s future approach to family reunion.

Witnesses

Wednesday 16 September - remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 10.30am

  • Beth Gardiner-Smith, CEO, Safe Passage
  • Maddy Allen, Advocacy Manager, Help Refugees

Further information

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