When people talk about mass deportations of undesirables, I sometimes say, and usually think, ‘well what if they won’t take them back?’
Now we know what that might look like.
PUBLISHED: 00:26 GMT, 3 July 2012 | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 3 July 2012
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.