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Somalia: Human Trafficking

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2009, Official Report, columns 165W, on Somalia: human trafficking, what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence he has had with the Somalian government on human trafficking in that country and within the region. (316929)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not held discussions or had correspondence with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) on human trafficking that occurs in Somalia or the wider region. We have held detailed discussions at ministerial and official level with the TFG on peace and security efforts and how we can best support progress and development in Somalia, in line with the UN-led Djibouti Peace Agreement. Establishing peace and stability for the Somali people will be fundamental to addressing the underlying causes of human trafficking in Somalia in the longer-term.

The UK is very concerned at the high levels of organised immigration crime in the region and will raise the issue with East African Community member states at a migration seminar later this month. Moreover, the UK has established various projects in the region to address migration issues, including organised immigration crime.