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Parliamentary questions
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1 February 2017
Question for written answer E-000739-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marina Albiol Guzmán (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Informal agreements and voluntary returns
 Answer in writing 

During its meeting on 31 January 2017, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs was informed by the representative of the Commission Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs about a series of informal agreements between the European Union and non-EU countries on migration. It was made clear, in the context of the nature of the agreement being negotiated with Mali, that these agreements, the content of which has not been made public, exist in order to be able to facilitate returns from the European Union.

With which countries does the EU have such agreements and what is the quid pro quo?

Can the Commission provide detailed information, by country, on the number of people deported in 2016 under agreements of this type?

Meanwhile, there have been repeated calls for the expansion of voluntary return schemes as a means of deportation.

Can the Commission provide detailed information on the number of voluntary returns from the EU in 2016, specifying the countries to which the persons in question were returned?

Original language of question: ES 
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