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star this property date less than 2017-11-06more like thismore than 2017-11-06
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how her Department manages the Dubs scheme for child refugees; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 111663 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-13more like thismore than 2017-11-13
star this property answer text <p>In March, the Government published the basis upon which further referrals under section 67 will be made: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016</a>. We remain committed to transferring unaccompanied children from Europe under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 up to the specified number of 480. We are working closely with Member States, as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and NGO partners to identify and transfer children to the UK in line with each individual Member State’s national laws. If it is determined that transfer to the UK is in the child’s best interests, a referral will be made under the National Transfer Scheme for a placement with a local authority in the UK. Transfers are ongoing.</p><p>However, the primary responsibility for unaccompanied children in France lies with the French government. As I set out in the Backbench Business debate of 2 November, the French authorities have in recent weeks established additional welcome centres to those already in place across the country. Four new centres have recently opened, away from the juxtaposed ports, where those wishing to claim asylum will be supported through the asylum process. There is regular transportation provided to these centres. It is vital that children claim asylum in France; that is the fastest route to safety.</p><p>According to Eurostat data, 63,300 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the EU in 2016:</p><p><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/8016696/3-11052017-AP-EN.pdf/30ca2206-0db9-4076-a681-e069a4bc5290" target="_blank">http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/8016696/3-11052017-AP-EN.pdf/30ca2206-0db9-4076-a681-e069a4bc5290</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 111669 more like this
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less than 2017-11-13T17:54:02.62Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-13T17:54:02.62Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-16more like thismore than 2017-10-16
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how her Department's policy on unaccompanied child refugees is informed by the principle of putting children's best interests at the centre of all decision-making, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 107990 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-25more like thismore than 2017-10-25
star this property answer text <p>Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 requires the Home Office to ensure that its immigration, asylum, nationality and customs functions are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in the United Kingdom.</p><p>This includes ensuring that the best interests of the child must be a primary consideration in every decision taken in respect of them. These arrangements are reflected in the Home Office’s rules, policy and guidance that relate to the handling of decisions made in respect of children.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-10-25T16:11:56.597Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
783222
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star this property date less than 2017-11-03more like thismore than 2017-11-03
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading British Nationality: Assessments more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applicants (a) took and (b) failed the Life in the UK test in each year since its introduction. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 111389 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-13more like thismore than 2017-11-13
star this property answer text <p>This information is published quarterly here:</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data</a></p><p> </p><p>On the tab: Temporary and Permanent Migration Data</p><p> </p><p>In summary:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Tests Taken</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total Tests Failed</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>7,398</p></td><td><p>2,149</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>155,879</p></td><td><p>50,476</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>308,126</p></td><td><p>93,421</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>248,934</p></td><td><p>70,109</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>198,656</p></td><td><p>50,820</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>183,562</p></td><td><p>48,919</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>179,849</p></td><td><p>41,205</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>151,036</p></td><td><p>22,327</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>152,457</p></td><td><p>35,332</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>165,738</p></td><td><p>64,780</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>174,923</p></td><td><p>68,393</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>133,490</p></td><td><p>47,312</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017 *</p></td><td><p>65,946</p></td><td><p>21,563</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>* 2017 up to 30 June in line with published data.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-11-13T17:48:33.453Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-13T17:48:33.453Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-23more like thismore than 2017-11-23
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Human Trafficking: Victims more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many confirmed victims of human trafficking have been granted discretionary leave to remain in each of the last three years? more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 115564 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-27more like thismore than 2017-11-27
star this property answer text <p>The specific information you have requested is not currently published.</p><p> </p><p>Statistics on the total number of people granted discretionary leave for all reasons can be found online at the following address:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-april-to-june-2017-data-tables" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-april-to-june-2017-data-tables</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 115568 more like this
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less than 2017-11-27T14:33:35.77Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-27T14:33:35.77Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-24more like thismore than 2017-10-24
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: France more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will ensure that all refugees in France refused transfer to the UK are informed that their application for transfer has been refused. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 109449 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-30more like thismore than 2017-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The UK’s international obligations do not extend to considering applications to transfer refugee status made abroad and there is no provision in the Immigration Rules for someone to be given permission to travel to the UK for that purpose.</p><p>Under the terms of the European Agreement on the Transfer of Responsibility for Refugees (EATRR), we consider applications for transfer of refugee status from those who have been lawfully resident in the UK for at least two years, providing the country which recognised the applicant as a refugee has ratified the EATRR.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-10-30T07:15:55.633Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-30T07:15:55.633Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
778249
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star this property date less than 2017-10-26more like thismore than 2017-10-26
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of multi-agency intelligence-sharing to identify the needs of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 109802 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-31more like thismore than 2017-10-31
star this property answer text <p>There are currently seven routes through which asylum seeking and refugee children can legally enter the UK. To access the UK resettlement schemes, individuals register with UNHCR. Under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, over 8,500 individuals have been resettled to the UK, around half of whom are children. Our strategy is to resettle the most vulnerable children directly from conflict regions, with their family members, so they do not have to make perilous journeys alone.</p><p>Within the EU, the primary responsibility for unaccompanied children lies with the Member State in which they are present. We work closely with EU partners and organisations such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to identify and transfer children to the UK in line with each individual Member State’s national laws. In 2016, over 900 children were transferred from the Europe to the UK.</p><p>In March, the Government published the basis upon which further referrals under section 67 will be made: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016</a>. We have invited referrals of children who meet the eligibility criteria that they were present in Europe before 20 March 2016 and transfer is in their best interests. In deciding which children to refer, Member States have been asked to prioritise those likely to qualify for refugee status and/or the most vulnerable. Vulnerability can be defined by factors which include, but are not limited to, the UNHCR’s <em>Children at Risk </em>factors. It is for Member States to decide which children to refer.</p><p>More broadly, we continue to work with our European partners to manage migration and ensure our collective security. Intelligence exchange between UK law enforcement and Europol is well-established and routine, including on human trafficking. The National Crime Agency also support Europol with seconded staff, including within the European Migrant Smuggling Centre. This cooperation has and continues to assist UK efforts to tackle trafficking in human beings, including children.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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109861 more like this
109862 more like this
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less than 2017-10-31T17:16:44.927Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-31T17:16:44.927Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-27more like thismore than 2017-10-27
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of establishing more localised administration of the Dubs Scheme based in the regions and constituent parts of the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-01more like thismore than 2017-11-01
star this property answer text <p>The Home Office works closely with local authorities across Great Britain through regional Strategic Migration Partnerships to ensure all unaccompanied children arriving here receive the care and support they need. We encourage local authorities to offer suitable placements, regardless of the child’s route of arrival.</p><p>The National Transfer Scheme for unaccompanied children is already based on a regional model and was established to promote a fairer distribution of caring responsibilities across the country in a way that protects the best interests of all children.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-11-01T11:24:42.06Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-01T11:24:42.06Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
790148
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star this property date less than 2017-11-15more like thismore than 2017-11-15
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Asylum: France more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with the French Human Rights Ombudsman on the treatment of unaccompanied minors in France. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-21more like thismore than 2017-11-21
star this property answer text <p>The UK is working very closely with France and other EU Member States in respect of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Children in France are the responsibility of the French government, and robust safeguarding processes are in place for children to enter into and be supported by the French care system.</p><p>We are not currently working with the French Human Rights Ombudsman but the UK has regular engagement at ministerial and senior official level with the French authorities more broadly. We have a strong track record of cooperating with France to manage the situation in Calais and to protect our shared border. We supported the humanitarian operation to clear the Calais migrant camp in October 2016, which involved the transfer of more than 750 children to the UK and funding to help provide migrants in Calais – including minors – with suitable facilities elsewhere in France.</p><p>In addition to this, our security and law enforcement teams have worked closely together to tackle organised criminal gangs operating in the region wishing to exploit vulnerable children. We welcome the French Government’s recent decision to deploy more police to the region and to continue to provide alternative accommodation for migrants elsewhere in France.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-11-21T17:26:15.883Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-21T17:26:15.883Z
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4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
778245
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star this property date less than 2017-10-26more like thismore than 2017-10-26
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to improve arrangements for the (a) registration and (b) transfer of refugee children to the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 109861 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-31more like thismore than 2017-10-31
star this property answer text <p>There are currently seven routes through which asylum seeking and refugee children can legally enter the UK. To access the UK resettlement schemes, individuals register with UNHCR. Under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, over 8,500 individuals have been resettled to the UK, around half of whom are children. Our strategy is to resettle the most vulnerable children directly from conflict regions, with their family members, so they do not have to make perilous journeys alone.</p><p>Within the EU, the primary responsibility for unaccompanied children lies with the Member State in which they are present. We work closely with EU partners and organisations such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to identify and transfer children to the UK in line with each individual Member State’s national laws. In 2016, over 900 children were transferred from the Europe to the UK.</p><p>In March, the Government published the basis upon which further referrals under section 67 will be made: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016</a>. We have invited referrals of children who meet the eligibility criteria that they were present in Europe before 20 March 2016 and transfer is in their best interests. In deciding which children to refer, Member States have been asked to prioritise those likely to qualify for refugee status and/or the most vulnerable. Vulnerability can be defined by factors which include, but are not limited to, the UNHCR’s <em>Children at Risk </em>factors. It is for Member States to decide which children to refer.</p><p>More broadly, we continue to work with our European partners to manage migration and ensure our collective security. Intelligence exchange between UK law enforcement and Europol is well-established and routine, including on human trafficking. The National Crime Agency also support Europol with seconded staff, including within the European Migrant Smuggling Centre. This cooperation has and continues to assist UK efforts to tackle trafficking in human beings, including children.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
109802 more like this
109862 more like this
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less than 2017-10-31T17:16:44.863Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-31T17:16:44.863Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
784966
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star this property date less than 2017-11-06more like thismore than 2017-11-06
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to use data on identities and current whereabouts gathered from children in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais before its demolition; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 111669 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-13more like thismore than 2017-11-13
star this property answer text <p>In March, the Government published the basis upon which further referrals under section 67 will be made: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016</a>. We remain committed to transferring unaccompanied children from Europe under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 up to the specified number of 480. We are working closely with Member States, as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and NGO partners to identify and transfer children to the UK in line with each individual Member State’s national laws. If it is determined that transfer to the UK is in the child’s best interests, a referral will be made under the National Transfer Scheme for a placement with a local authority in the UK. Transfers are ongoing.</p><p>However, the primary responsibility for unaccompanied children in France lies with the French government. As I set out in the Backbench Business debate of 2 November, the French authorities have in recent weeks established additional welcome centres to those already in place across the country. Four new centres have recently opened, away from the juxtaposed ports, where those wishing to claim asylum will be supported through the asylum process. There is regular transportation provided to these centres. It is vital that children claim asylum in France; that is the fastest route to safety.</p><p>According to Eurostat data, 63,300 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the EU in 2016:</p><p><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/8016696/3-11052017-AP-EN.pdf/30ca2206-0db9-4076-a681-e069a4bc5290" target="_blank">http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/8016696/3-11052017-AP-EN.pdf/30ca2206-0db9-4076-a681-e069a4bc5290</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth remove filter
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 111663 more like this
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less than 2017-11-13T17:54:02.667Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-13T17:54:02.667Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this