Committee discusses UK-EU collaboration on refugees and asylum with Minister
The House of Lords EU Security and Justice Sub-Committee hears from Chris Philp MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Home Office for Immigration Compliance on post-Brexit UK-EU refugee and asylum cooperation
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- UK draft agreement on the transfer of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
The issue of asylum and migration was of long-standing interest of the former EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee, which held two inquiries into these issues, most recently Brexit: refugee protection and asylum policy, publishing its report in October 2016. This report was debated in the House of Lords on 22 September 2020.
Its successor, the Security and Justice Sub-Committee, has continued this focus, most recently holding an evidence with experts on 7 July 2020 about the Government’s draft agreement on the transfer of unaccompanied migrant children, published in May 2020. As a follow up to that session, the Committee will now be meeting publicly with the Immigration Minister, Chris Philp MP, to discuss the draft agreement, as well as other important matters, including the Government’s plans to work with EU partners to address the recent increase in migrants crossing the Channel.
Topics likely to be covered include:
- What is the Government’s understanding of whether EU negotiators have a mandate to discuss the draft agreement?
- If the agreement cannot be discussed in the current negotiations, is the Government seeking to negotiate on this issue with the EU in the future?
- What are the key aims and provisions of the draft agreement?
- Why does the agreement not confer rights and obligations?
- Does the Government plan to restrict family reunification rights after it leaves the Dublin Regulation?
- How will the UK continue to support the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children?
- How is the Government seeking to work with EU partners to address the issue of migrants crossing the Channel?