Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 7th November 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 what plans he has to collect data on the number of asylum seekers who have their asylum applications rejected on the grounds of non-compliance, broken down by the reason for non-compliance.

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

Data are collected centrally and published showing the number of applications refused on non-compliance grounds as a whole. This is not broken down into specific reasons for non-compliance. This information could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that the main reasons for refusing an asylum claim on non-compliance grounds are:

1. Failure to attain the screening interview;

2. Failure to return or late return of the statement of evidence form (SEF);

3. Failure to attend or late attendance at an asylum interview.

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