Deportation: Somalia

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

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on returning to Somalia those without permission to remain in the UK.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

Our aim is for those people who have no legal basis of stay in the UK to leave voluntarily and we may offer an assistance package to help them re-integrate into their home country. For those who choose not to do so, it becomes necessary to enforce their departure.

The Home Office will only enforce the return of individuals who they, and the courts, are satisfied are not in need of international protection and who do not elect to leave voluntarily.

All asylum claims, including those from Somali nationals, are carefully considered on their individual merits in accordance with the 1951 United Nations convention relating to the status of refugees and the European convention on human rights against the background of the latest country information and relevant case law.

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Les Reed
Posted on 14 May 2014 12:33 pm (Report this annotation)

This reply is so typical of many politicians - and this government in particular. The question asked relates to the current situation, and what IS being done - a blanket statement has not addressed Mr Benn's question adequately, as the reply given is freely available anyway. A precise answer is required - relating directly to the question - not to just state general government policy. Be truthful and factual - it's not hard if you try!