United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees questioned on Channel crossings
29 September 2020
The Home Affairs Committee examines the international legal obligations and duties of states regarding refugees in the context of individuals seeking to the enter the UK by crossing the Channel.
- Watch Parliament TV: Channel crossings, migration and asylum-seeking routes through the EU
- Inquiry: Channel crossings, migration and asylum-seeking routes through the EU
- Home Affairs Committee
Wednesday 30 September, virtual meeting
- Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s Representative to the UK
- Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR's Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean Situation
This will include the obligation on states to provide safety and care to refugees arriving in their country, the concept of ‘safe first country’, and obligations to those rescued at sea.
It will also investigate existing safe and legal routes for refugees and asylum-seekers to enter the UK, including family reunion, and reasons for the growth in people attempting dangerous water crossings.