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European Agenda on Migration

On 13 July 2017, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered the Fourth Progress Report on the Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration.

The Committee decided to retain the Progress Report under scrutiny and wrote a letter to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, asking him:

  • What is the UK Government's policy on migration relating to the EU Partnership Framework's five priority countries, and where do UK and EU policies overlap or complement each other?
  • How much does the UK currently contribute financially to the Partnership Framework?
  • Could the Minister elaborate on what progress has been made on creating "genuine prospects" of resettlement in the UK and at the EU level?
  • What is the Minister's assessment of the EU's approach to the management of Libya's maritime and southern border?
The Committee released this item from scrutiny on 16 November 2017.  

Letters from the Minister

Letter from the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, to the Committee, 21 July 2017: European Agenda on Migration (PDF PDF 144 KB)

Within his letter, the Minister states that:

  • The UK's "most significant bilateral interests" are with Nigeria and Ethiopia. An example of cooperation is the Ethiopia jobs compact, which was pioneered by the UK and supported by the EU.
  • The UK has contributed €3 million bilaterally to the Emergency EU Trust Fund for Africa, "in addition to an underlying contribution through our approximate 15% share of the EU external action instruments contributing to the Fund."
  • The training of the Libyan Naval Coastguard "is important work: it will help enable Libya to secure its own maritime border". On Libya's southern land border, the Government continues to support the EU's approach of "assisting the Libyan authorities on border management, law enforcement and criminal justice".
  • The UK does not participate in the EU's resettlement schemes, but has a number of bilateral programmes. Under these programmes, the Government has committed to resettling up to 23,000 people by 2020. 7,307 persons have been "granted humanitarian protection" as of March 2017.

Letter from the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 29 September 2017: European Agenda on Migration (PDF PDF 224 KB)

Letter from the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 27 October 2017: European Agenda on Migration (PDF PDF 278 KB)

Letters to the Minister

Letter from the Committee to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 13 July 2017: European Agenda on Migration (PDF PDF 72 KB)

Letter from the Committee to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 15 September 2017: European Agenda on Migration (PDF PDF 76 KB)

Letter from the Committee to the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas, 13 October 2017: European Agenda on Migration (PDF PDF 53 KB)

Related documents

Explanatory Memorandum from the Government, 29 June 2017 (PDF PDF 465 KB)

Fourth Progress Report on the Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration (PDF PDF 434 KB)

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