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Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 30th October 2001.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Regent's Park and Kensington North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people he estimates are resident in this country on the basis of (a) indefinite leave to remain, (b) exceptional leave to remain first granted before 31 March 1996 and (c) full refugee status.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Home office)

The table provides data on those persons granted settlement in the United Kingdom, ie granted the right to stay indefinitely, in each year from 1990 to 2000.

However, it is not possible to determine how many people are resident in the United Kingdom at any one time on the basis of their immigration status. Information on those granted indefinite leave to remain who die or subsequently leave the United Kingdom is not recorded.

Acceptances for settlement 1990 to 2000
Number of persons
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
All acceptances(18) 53,200 53,900 52,570 55,640 55,010 55,480 61,730 58,720 69,790 97,120 125,090
Refugees and persons given exceptional leave to remain(19),(20) 1,130 990 1,780 3,990 3,290 1,600 4,200 4,830 6,680 22,500 24,840
Of which:
Recognised refugees(19),(20),(21) 930 750 1,280 2,850 2,260 680 1,120 2,400 4,270 22,500 24,840
Persons given exceptional leave to remain(19),(20) 200 240 500 1,140 1,030 920 3,080 2,430 2,410
All other acceptances(18) 52,070 52,910 50,790 51,650 51,720 53,880 57,530 53,890 63,110 74,620 100,250

(18) Includes spouses and dependants (including spouses and dependants of refugees and persons granted exceptional leave to remain)

(19) Accepted in own right (excludes spouses and dependants)

(20) The information in the table relates to the total number of persons granted settlement (indefinite leave to remain) in any one year and does not necessarily relate to the year that refugee or exceptional leave status was granted

(21) Includes refugees from South East Asia and their dependants and persons granted settlement under measures aimed at reducing the pre-July 1993 backlog as announced in the White Paper in July 1998

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