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Asylum Claims

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 5 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a summary of the discussion he has had with his counterparts in (a) Albania and (b) elsewhere on deciding asylum claims offshore. [115215]

UK officials have regular, ongoing dialogue with a number of European countries on improving the management of asylum and migration flows into the EU Our new ideas around zones of protection have been part of this dialogue. But these are sensitive, exploratory discussions and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this early stage. Our goal continues to be the strengthening of the international protection regime by tackling the problems of abusive asylum claims.