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Asylum Seekers: Democratic Republicof Congo — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:46 pm on 17th May 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Browning Baroness Browning Minister of State (Home Office) 2:46 pm, 17th May 2011

My Lords, failed asylum seekers are returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo only when we and the courts are satisfied that it is safe to do so. The Court of Appeal in December 2008 upheld the finding of the immigration and asylum Upper Tribunal that failed asylum seekers returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo were not at risk of persecution merely because of their involuntary return. Furthermore, inquiries made by the Foreign Office in Kinshasa have found no evidence that the returnees removed from the UK to the DRC have been mistreated. Nevertheless, each case will be considered on its individual merits.