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Consular news – Embassy 48

Brits behaving better

The Foreign Office assisted 19,000 Britons abroad in 2012/2013, a decrease of 3 per cent, suggesting that the FCO’s annual summer information campaigns for travellers to take precautions and to take out travel insurance could be having some effect.

Drug related offences fell to its lowest level in four years and arrests in general were down 21 per cent.

But the statistics for victims of sex attacks were on the rise, with the number of British victims seeking help increasing by 10 per cent.

The Minister for Consular Affairs Mark Simmonds MP said he was “deeply concerned” by the increase in sex attacks on Britons and vowed to work with  governments and tour operators to help prevent further cases and to provide consulates with the necessary training to give victim support.

Spain generated the most requests for consular assistance, followed by France and the United States.


Sir Charles Montgomery

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