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UK says all Tamils not at risk

2013 Oct 31

The British Home Office says while there are new “at risk” categories for Sri Lankan nationals being sent back after their asylum requests are rejected, Tamils per se are not at risk.

Minister of State for Immigration Mark Harper said that each application for protection is considered on its individual merits against country information obtained from a wide range of sources.

From January to June this year Britain has deported 347 Sri Lankan nationals either voluntarily or by force, he said.

The Home Office policy on the consideration of applications for protection from nationals of Sri Lanka is contained in the Operational Guidance Note (OGN) for Sri Lanka, published 31 July 2013.

The guidance reflects the findings of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber Upper Tribunal in the Sri Lanka country guidance case of GJ and Others, published 5 July 2013, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum Seekers from Sri Lanka, published December 2012.

Harper said that returns are only undertaken when the Home Office and the courts have judged it safe to do so. (Colombo Gazette) 

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