Asylum: Deportation

Home Department written question – answered on 6th January 2014.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Labour, Blaydon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will reconsider the decision to deport Isa Muaza to Nigeria; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

Isa Muazu, a failed asylum seeker, has now been successfully returned to Nigeria.

We consider every claim for asylum on its individual merits and he was not found to have a genuine need of protection. This was a decision that was supported by the courts. As he had no right to be in the UK, the Home Office began the complex process of removing him. Halting the removal of Mr Muazu because of his protest would have undermined our asylum and immigration system-and provided a dangerous incentive for others to follow suit.

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