Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 15th November 2001.

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Photo of Mr Denzil Davies Mr Denzil Davies Labour, Llanelli

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for political asylum in the United Kingdom were made in the three months to (a) 1 October 2001 and (b) 1 October 2000.

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

The table provides the information requested for the latest three months for which data are available, and for the corresponding period in 2000.

Applications for asylum to the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, May-July 2000 and May-July 2001(7),(8)
Month Applications
2000
May 6,725
June 6,545
July 6,870
Total May–July 20,140
2001
May 5,290
June 5,300
July 5,975
Total May–July 16,570

(7) All data rounded to nearest 5. The monthly data shown may not sum to three-monthly totals due to rounding.

(8) Provisional

Information on asylum applications and initial decisions is published regularly in the annual statistical bulletin "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom", a copy of which is available in the Library of the House, and from the Research Developments and Statistics (RDS) website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html. Data for the period July to September 2001 will be published on 30 November. Revised monthly data for 2000 are available at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs/asylumrev2k.pdf.

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