Deportation: Zimbabwe

Home Office written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Zimbabwe in relation to the deportation of Zimbabwean nationals.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

All asylum and human rights applications from Zimbabwean nationals are carefully considered on their individual merits in accordance with our international obligations. Each individual assessment is made against the background of the latest available country of origin information and any relevant caselaw.

The Country Policy and Information Note Zimbabwe: Opposition to the government published in April 2018 (available on Gov.uk) outlines our position. We are aware of the current situation in Zimbabwe and we are keeping it under review, but a state of unrest is not in itself a ground for asylum, although each case must be considered on its own facts.

Where a decision has been made that a person does not require international protection, removal is only enforced when we and the courts conclude that it is safe to do so, with a safe route of return.

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