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North Africa: EU Immigration

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL8478, tabled on 25 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to EU member states about policies controlling the migration of refugees and migrants from north Africa; and what discussions they have had with those states about (1) the impact of such policies on the safety of women, and (2) how those policies correspond with commitments to uphold the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Answered on

5 October 2020

The UK continues to engage with EU members states in support of a 'whole of route' approach to reduce irregular migration and maintains a dialogue on a range of issues, including upstream intervention to reduce push factors, protecting vulnerable migrants on the move including women and children, and supporting those who want to return home. Amongst EU member states in the region, most recently, the Minister for Europe and the Americas and the Maltese Foreign Minister discussed migration on 27 July. The UK continues to champion the ethos of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), through our National Action Plan (NAP) on WPS (2018-2022). Ensuring that women's and girls' needs are more effectively met by humanitarian actors and promoting the meaningful participation and leadership of women in our humanitarian response is a strategic outcome in our NAP.