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Asylum: Iran

Home Office written question – answered on 18th May 2020.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the return of rejected asylum seekers to Iran.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection.

All asylum and human rights claims are carefully considered on their individual merits in accordance with our international obligations under the Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Each individual assessment is made against the background of the latest available country of origin information and any relevant caselaw. Our assessment of the situation in Iran is set out in the relevant country policy and information notes, which are available on the website.

The Home Office only enforces removal to Iran when it and the courts conclude that it is safe to do so, with a safe route of return. By definition, those whose asylum claim have been unsuccessful do not need protection and are not at risk on return.

Enforced removals are carried out in the most sensitive way possible, treating those being removed with respect and courtesy.

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