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West Africa: Overseas Aid

Volume 504: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will increase aid to Morocco, Tunisia and Libya to help these states tackle illegal immigration from Western Africa to Europe. (312849)

The Department for International Development (DFID) aims to provide 90 per cent. of funding to low income countries. Given the middle income status of the majority of North African countries they are not the focus for our bilateral aid programmes.

The UK works closely with EU member states and third country partners to tackle illegal immigration into the EU. Illegal immigration is an important issue for the UK and the EU and we continue to work with third country partners on a range of operational activities and agreements, both bilaterally and with our EU partners.

This work takes various forms such as the Assisted Voluntary Return scheme in Libya implemented by the International Organisation for Migration.