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Immigration: Joint Report

Volume 688: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made an assessment of the joint report, The Destination Trap, published on 7 November by Refugee Action and Amnesty International; and, if so, whether they will respond to its conclusions. [HL1024]

We understand that the joint report by Refugee Action and Amnesty International published on 7 November 2006 is entitled The Destitution Trap. The Government are aware of the detailed recommendations made in the report, which are directed at a range of government departments and other agencies. It will take them into account when formulating policy on dealing with the legacy of older cases and in dealing with new cases under the New Asylum Model. Failed asylum seekers have had their asylum claims carefully considered by the Home Office and, where appropriate, by the independent appellate authorities. It has been decided that they do not require international protection and they are therefore required to leave the UK.