Home Department written question – answered on 7th November 2006.

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Photo of Nick Clegg Nick Clegg Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how regularly the Department reviews its opinion on whether a country is safe for returning asylum seekers.

Photo of John Reid John Reid Home Secretary, The Secretary of State for the Home Department

We continuously monitor the situation in all asylum intake countries taking into account information from a wide range of recognised and respected governmental and non-governmental organisation sources as well-as current news reports. Asylum decision-makers take into account the situation in the country of origin as it affects each asylum applicant when making a decision on an asylum claim. We would only return an individual where this was consistent with our international obligations and where the individual has been unsuccessful in any appeals against the decision in their particular case.

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