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Evidence session on UK-EU asylum cooperation after Brexit

06 February 2019

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from Dr Natascha Zaun, Assistant Professor in Migration Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, Representative to the UK, UNHCR.

Background

The Committee is holding an evidence session to examine the implications of Brexit for asylum cooperation arrangements between the UK and the EU, in particular the Dublin and EURODAC Regulations. The Committee will explore what shape any future cooperation agreement might take, and related factors including maintaining the rights of asylum seekers, upholding minimum standards of protection and assistance, and avoiding any deterioration in security. The Committee will also consider the implications of a 'no-deal' scenario for UK-EU asylum cooperation, and the Government’s preparations for this.

Witnesses

Wednesday 6 February 2019, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.45am

  • Dr Natascha Zaun, Assistant Professor in Migration Studies at the European Institute, London School of Economics
  • Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, Representative to the UK, UNHCR

Possible questions

  • What type of future cooperation should the UK seek with the EU with regard to asylum seekers?
  • What is your assessment of the Dublin system? Has it achieved its aims, including ensuring quick access to asylum procedures?
  • What is your opinion on the Government's position on family unification for asylum seekers, as outlined in the Immigration White Paper?
  • Do you expect the EU will seek to ensure that any future agreement on asylum cooperation with the UK includes a burden-sharing mechanism, as in the proposed Dublin IV Regulation?
  • What are the implications of a 'no deal' Brexit scenario for UK-EU asylum cooperation? How can any risks be managed or avoided?

Further information

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