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Turkey: Refugees

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL14877, tabled on 13 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that refugees have been prevented from reaching the EU by the Frontex border agency, in particular refugees travelling from Turkey; and what steps they intend to take in response to such reports.

Answered on

27 April 2021

The Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas, Wendy Morton MP, is aware of the allegations of "pushbacks" conducted by Frontex in the Aegean Sea and is monitoring the situation via the British Embassy in Athens. Greece has denied using any illegal practices. Minister Morton understands that Frontex has conducted an internal investigation into the allegations, and that the European Parliament has established a permanent standing committee in order to scrutinise Frontex activity in the Aegean. HMA Athens raised this issue with Greek Migration Minister Mitarakis on 10 March 2021 and we will continue to urge all parties to uphold international human rights standards in respect of the migrants and to avoid any actions that may endanger human life.