Deportation: East Africa:Written question - 165448

Asked by Dr David Drew
Asked on: 18 July 2018
Home Office
Deportation: East Africa
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure immigration authorities adequately assess the safety risks of returning people to (a) Sudan and (b) South Sudan; and whether his Department undertakes monitoring of such people after their return to those countries.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 27 July 2018

All protection claims, including those made by Sudanese and South Sudanese nationals, are carefully considered on their individual facts in accordance with our obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights.

They are assessed against relevant caselaw and available country of origin information obtained from a range of reliable sources, including reputable media outlets; local, national and international organisations, including human rights organisations; and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Where people establish a genuine need for protection, we will grant it. However, those who have been found not to need protection and have no right to remain are expected to leave the UK. If they do not leave voluntarily we may seek to enforce their return on a case-by-case basis, when it is safe to do so.

We do not monitor the treatment of individuals once removed from the UK. They are, by definition, foreign nationals who have been found not to require international protection and it would be inappropriate for us to assume any ongoing responsibility for them when they return to Sudan or South Sudan.

Further, by monitoring individuals, we potentially draw attention to them and may create a risk that otherwise wouldn’t be there.

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