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Democratic Republic of Congo: Asylum

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Congolese authorities on the removal of failed asylum seekers from the UK to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if she will make a statement. (126120)

Officials from our embassy in Kinshasa and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London have frequent discussions with their Congolese counterparts both in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and London about the removal of failed asylum seekers from the UK. The most recent discussions surrounded the return of 38 Congolese nationals on a charter flight to the DRC on 26 February. These discussions included an assurance from the Congolese Government that returnees would be well treated upon their return and of their continued cooperation for future returns. We also continue to work with the Congolese authorities on encouraging the voluntary return of failed asylum seekers to the DRC.