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Female Genital Mutilation

Home Department written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on granting asylum to women and girls at risk of female genital mutilation.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

An individual who claims that she would, on return to her home country, suffer female genital mutilation may qualify for refugee status if she is able to demonstrate that she has a well-founded fear. This may include evidence that female genital mutilation is knowingly tolerated by the authorities or that the authorities are unable or unwilling to offer effective protection.

Asylum decision-makers examine claims for international protection sensitively and ensure that all evidence relating to an individual's claim is taken into account. Specific guidance and training regarding gender- specific issues, including the risk of female genital mutilation, has been issued to decision-makers.

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