Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Iraq refuses to take back thousands of asylum seekers who have lost the right to stay in Britain

The Iraqi parliament has blocked the repatriation of thousands of asylum seekers who have lost the right to remain in Britain.

It has banned the forced return from Europe of tens of thousands of Iraqis and threatened to fine airlines that deliver deportees.

Failed asylum seekers have already been turned back at the border, said the refugee support group that pushed for the change.

The UK has failed to return any rejected Iraqi asylum seekers since March 2011, mainly because of legal problems over their arrival at Baghdad airport and the breakdown of security within Iraq.

At one point the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg blocked deportations on the grounds that many parts of Iraq remained too dangerous. Read More