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Immigration: France

Volume 708: debated on Monday 23 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the Government of France regarding the establishment of the immigration centre in northern France, particularly about expectations of the illegal immigrants who would be housed in it. [HL846]

The situation in Calais has been the subject of discussion between Ministers at several bilateral meetings. There is also regular contact between officials on the provision of services to illegal migrants in northern France. The opening and administration of shelters remains a matter for the French authorities. Alongside the French authorities, we remain firmly opposed to any accommodation centre that would attract illegal immigrants and the traffickers who prey on them.