Home Office written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on organising meetings for people seeking asylum in the UK with Government officials of their home countries.

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

In line with our legal and international obligations, we do not share information on people seeking asylum in the UK with the Government officials of their home country or seek information in a way that could expose them, or any family who remain in that country, to serious risk.

It is Home Office policy to conduct re-documentation interviews with officials from receiving countries where an asylum claim has failed and all rights of appeal have been exhausted. These interviews are necessary to establish nationality and identity, and to enable a travel document to be produced to facilitate return, and are a standard part of the Home Office returns process. We do not disclose that the individual has claimed asylum

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