Following a written ministerial statement yesterday by the Minister for Immigration, the UK Border Agency has announced that they will be resuming ‘enforced returns’ of failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe.
Enforced returns to Zimbabwe were suspended in September 2006 because the unstable political situation in the country meant that their safety could not be guaranteed.
But the agency now says that since the formation of the Inclusive Government in 2009, the country is now considered stable enough to receive returnees.
This means that all Zimbabweans living in the UK illegally now face enforced removal.
Damian Green, the Minister for Immigration, said:
‘We have today announced the resumption of enforced returns to Zimbabwe for failed asylum seekers judged by the independent courts to have no right to remain in the UK.
‘This decision reflects the improved stability in Zimbabwe since 2009 and the UK court’s view that not all Zimbabweans are in need of international protection.
‘Those facing return will join the hundreds who have returned voluntarily, responding to calls by Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to return home and help rebuild their country.
‘The British government takes its international responsibilities seriously and will always grant protection to those in genuine need, and continue to monitor events in Zimbabwe.’
The UK Border Agency said it has helped hundreds of Zimbabweans to return home voluntarily since 2006. These packages will continue to be made available.
The announce ment does not bode well for the family of the X-Factor contestant Gamu, who are appealling against a refusal.
Rejected X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu claimed last weekend that she will face the firing squad if she is forced to return to her native Zimbabwe.
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