Sri Lanka

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2009.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of situation in Sri Lanka, they anticipate new applications for asylum from the Tamil community; and what new instructions they have given to consulates.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

All asylum claims received in the UK including those from Tamils are carefully considered on their individual merits in accordance with UK international obligations against the background of the latest available country information. If an applicant demonstrates a need for international protection, asylum is granted. If their application is refused, they have a right of appeal to the Asylum Immigration Tribunal. In this way we ensure that we provide protection to those asylum seekers who need it. We will continue to take Sri Lankan asylum decisions on a case-by-case basis in light of the most current situation.

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