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Asylum Seekers

Volume 712: debated on Monday 29 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their decision in August 2007 to withdraw asylum seekers' rights to English language training for the first six months in the United Kingdom, or until their claim for refugee status has been agreed, complies with the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in respect of the right to education. [HL4271]

In making decisions about asylum seekers' eligibility for English language training, the Government carried out a race equality impact assessment (REIA) in early 2007. As a result of the full impact assessment, the Government decided that asylum seekers who had not received a decision on their application after six months, and also asylum seekers unable to leave the country for reasons beyond their control, would be eligible for English language training. The Government believe that the current policy is compliant with human rights legislation.