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Turkey: Refugees

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2069, tabled on 2 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that refugees are being helped to leave Turkey and then denied entry to Greece at the land border; what steps they will take to assist such refugees; and what discussions they have had with international organisations about this issue.

Answered on

16 March 2020

We are aware of reports that migrants are being encouraged to leave Turkey and then denied entry to Greece at the land border with Turkey. The British Government remains committed to supporting Greece and Turkey's efforts to manage migration effectively and is working both bilaterally and with our international partners to this end. The Prime Minister discussed the matter with the Turkish President on 3 March, as did the Foreign Secretary on the same day with the Turkish Foreign Minister, and our Ambassador in Athens spoke with the Greek Foreign Minister, also on 3 March. We continue to urge dialogue to resolve the situation.