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Asylum Seekers: Turkey

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Nations Human Rights Council has informed them of the number and countries of origin of asylum seekers detained in the Kirklareli camp in Turkey; and whether they and other states will encourage Turkey to accede to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. [HL4709]

The UK has not been informed of the number of detainees at Kirklareli Guest House in Turkey. The facility has an official capacity of 400 detainees. Some human rights reports state that overcrowding is a problem in Kirklareli.

The EU has made clear that Turkey should “continue with alignment with the acquis in the field of asylum, in particular through the lifting of the geographical limitation to the Geneva Convention and through strengthening protection, social support and integration measures for refugees”.

Migrants caught transiting Turkey illegally include nationals from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Myanmar, Iraq, Somalia, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.