Asylum: Deportation

Home Department written question – answered on 13th January 2014.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department’s policy on the removal of asylum seekers permits deportation to countries assessed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as being under a volatile threat from a number of terrorist organisations.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

Asylum applications are considered on their individual merits in the light of up-to-date country information, including evidence of any threat to the individual from terrorist organisations. No one will be required to return to a country where they would be at real risk of serious harm. Country information comes from a number of reliable sources, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

For those whose asylum applications have been rejected and who have exhausted all avenues of appeal, the Home Office’s first and preferred option is for those who have no legal basis to remain in the UK to leave voluntarily and we offer assistance to those who choose to do so.

Generally, there are no countries to which as a matter of immigration policy, we cannot remove those who have no legal basis to remain in the UK.

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