WC (Illegal Departure- Failed Asylum Seeker) China CG UKIAT 03295
Date of hearing: 1 July 2002
Date Determination notified: 29 July 2002
|Secretary of State for the Home Department||RESPONDENT|
"6.154 The government accepts the repatriation of citizens who have entered other countries or territories illegally. Returnees generally are fined. Those who have been repatriated a second time typically are sent to labour camp in addition to being fined again. Those who are identified as people smugglers ('snakeheads') are liable to criminal prosecution.
6.155 The main conclusion of the Political Counsellor's fact-finding report with regards to returning is:
'There is evidence of wilful deception of foreign governments as to sanctions against returned illegal immigrants. Much touted policies of prison sentences and extensive re-education programs are apparently most not implemented. Rather we have become aware of preferential economic policies and business loans made available to returnees by local governments. We are assured that children under 16 returned to China would not be subject to incarceration under any circumstances.'