Asylum: Saudi Arabia

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will offer asylum to Raif Badawi and his family.

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

The United Kingdom has a proud tradition of providing protection to those who need it and we will continue to fulfil our responsibilities to those who arrive in the UK and claim asylum.

However to be eligible for international protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention, a person must be located outside their country of origin. We cannot undertake to consider granting asylum to individuals or groups of

people abroad and it is not our practice to grant visas for the purpose of seeking asylum. It is understood that Mr Badawi’s wife and children havebeen given asylum in Canada.

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