Deportation: Democratic Republic of Congo

Home Department written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo before deporting foreign nationals to that country; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality)

Every asylum and human rights claim is considered on its individual merits in accordance with our international obligations and taking full account of conditions in the country concerned as they impact on the individual claimant. Information about the conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the security situation, is obtained from a wide range of governmental and non-governmental sources, human rights organisations and the media. This information is published in regularly updated Home Office Country of Origin Information Reports. The latest Country of Origin Information Report on the Democratic Republic of Congo was published on 14 February 2007, and can be accessed on the Home Office website at:

It is important for the integrity of our asylum system and to prevent unfounded applications that we are able to enforce the return of those who have no right to remain in the UK. The asylum decision making and independent appeals system exist to consider in each case whether the individual claimant would be at risk in their country of origin and we will only seek to return those who have been found not to need our protection.

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