Zimbabwe

Ministers have today made a written statement to Parliament announcing that the UKBA will be resuming enforced returns of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe.
Ministers have today made a written statement to Parliament announcing that the UKBA will be resuming enforced returns of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe.

The announcement reflects an apparent positive changes in Zimbabwe, since the formation of the Inclusive Government in 2009. The Immigration and Asylum Chamber will be hearing a further country guidance case on the general safety of return to Zimbabwe in the near future.

The UKBA will not actually enforce any returns until after the country guidance judgment has been handed down but said when they do recommence enforced removals 'they will be taken forward in a carefully planned and phased way'.

Previously (05.10.10): A Commons debate brought up the question when they will being returning failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. The UK Border Agency would like to re-start the process but are unlikely to do so in the near future. Any change in policy is unlikely to occur before the new test-case scheduled to be heard shortly.

Previously (03.11.09): A statement by the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, Phil Woolas, was issued signalling a move towards resuming enforced returns to Zimbabwe as and when the political situation develops. In other words there has been no change to the suspension of removals to Zimbabwe until there is an announcement to the contrary.

This comes the day after Amnesty International put out a warning that the country is on the brink of sliding back into violence (http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?newsId=18470) and the UN Special Rapporteur on torture was detained and refused entry to Zimbabwe
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8331633.stm) so it may be some time before the political situation changes for the better.

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