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Home Department written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on requiring asylum seekers to move location while their applications for asylum are being processed.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 9 June 2011

In circumstances that asylum seekers are moved from supported accommodation to an alternative provider as their applications are being considered, the move must be necessary, reasonable and proportionate. In these circumstances, the UK Border Agency will write to notify the individual affected and provide them with the opportunity to offer information that may inform the relocation arrangements. In a recent exercise involving the expiry of a number of accommodation contracts across the UK Border Agency, re-housing proposals which necessitate a change of schooling proceed only with the approval of the relevant regional director in the UK Border Agency.

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