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Home Office written question – answered on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their process for considering an application for asylum.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

Asylum decision-makers carefully consider protection needs by assessing all available evidence provided by the claimant in the context of published country information.

They receive extensive training on considering asylum claims and must follow published Home Office policy guidance. Protection is normally granted where a well-founded fear of persecution or serious harm in their country of origin is established.

Those who are found not to need protection are refused but have a right of appeal to the independent courts. Once their appeals rights are exhausted they are required to leave the UK.

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