Asylum and Immigration

Home Department written question – answered on 5th January 2004.

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Photo of Bob Laxton Bob Laxton Labour, Derby North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances there have been of asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo being deported to their homeland and refused entry in the last five years.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Citizenship and Immigration), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism)

Information on the number of failed asylum seekers who were returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and subsequently refused entry there is not available. However, the Immigration Service does not attempt to effect an individual's removal unless it is satisfied that the individual concerned is assured of entry in their final destination.

Deportations are a specific subset of removals alongside persons subject to administrative removal, removal due to illegal entry action or those refused entry at port and subsequently removed. Information on the nationality of those people removed as a result of deportation action is not available.

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