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Asylum Treaties

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the treaties governing asylum to which the UK is a signatory. [109761]

We continue to work with UNHCR and others to support the effective operation of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and to implement domestic measures which ensure that protection is granted to those who need it and abusive claims are dealt with robustly.The nature and extent of migration is very different now to that which pertained 50 years ago and there is broad agreement that the Refugee Convention and ECHR need to be modernised to reflect the current circumstances. We are working with UNHCR and others to achieve this.