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What will Brexit mean for UK-EU asylum cooperation? Lords to hear evidence


On Wednesday 6th February the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee will hold an evidence session on the implications of Brexit for UK-EU cooperation on matters relating to asylum and international protection.

The White Paper on the future UK-EU relationship sets out the Government's ambition to establish a new, strategic relationship with the EU to address the global challenges of asylum and illegal migration.

The Committee will explore what shape this relationship 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. In particular, the Committee will consider the impact of the Dublin and EURODAC Regulations in the UK, and whether the Dublin system provides a good basis for future UK-EU cooperation on the return of asylum seekers.

The session will begin at 10:45am in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords. The Committee will hear evidence from:

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

Questions the Committee may ask:

  • What type of future cooperation should the UK seek with the EU with regards to asylum seekers?
  • What impact has the Dublin system had in reducing secondary movements of asylum seekers to the UK?
  • Is it likely that the UK will continue to be able to access EURODAC after Brexit?
  • What is your opinion on the Government's position on family unification for asylum seekers, as outlined in the Immigration White Paper?
  • What are the implications of a ‘no deal' Brexit scenario for UK-EU asylum cooperation?

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