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Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 25th June 2001.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the use of detention for asylum seekers whose appeals have been rejected.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Home office)

Failed asylum seekers whose appeals have been rejected may be detained under the Immigration Act 1971 pending their removal from the United Kingdom. The decision as to whether or not detention should be authorised in such circumstances will be based on the individual merits of the case concerned. Reasonable alternatives to detention will be considered before it is authorised.

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