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Deportation: Democratic Republic of Congo

Home Office written question – answered on 30th November 2016.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to assess the safety of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the purposes of removing people from the UK to that country.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

The issue of safety of return of failed asylum seekers (FAS) and foreign national offenders (FNOs) to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was considered by the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in March 2015 in the case of BM and Others. The Tribunal found that there was no substantiated evidence that FAS or FNOs were at risk per se on return.

All returns to the DRC, including those persons who raise a protection claim, are considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account their individual facts, credible and up-to-date country of origin information, and relevant caselaw.

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