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HOME AFFAIRS – ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT BOATS [46920] - 09 September 2021

HOME AFFAIRS – ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT BOATS [46920] - 09 September 2021

Dr Julian Lewis:  To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of (a) turning back illegal immigrants at sea in the English Channel and (b) picking up illegal migrants and returning them France; and if she will make a statement.  [46920]

[Due for Answer on 15 September] 


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Immigration Compliance and Courts (Chris Philp): Managing the illegal crossings by migrants using small boats and disrupting the criminal enterprises that facilitate this deadly trade is a top priority for my officials. They have explored the different options open to the UK and their effectiveness in the context of both domestic and international law. Turning back migrant vessels at sea is one of a range of potential possibilities, and the new Borders Bill includes additional powers enabling Border Force to act in international waters and potentially return boats to their country of embarkation, where there are agreements in place to do so.