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Inter-country Adoption

Home Department written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Mr Tom Cox Mr Tom Cox Labour, Tooting

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the countries from which young children up to the age of five years were allowed entry into the UK for legal adoption in the last 12 months.

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

Information on the number of children admitted to the United Kingdom from overseas countries for adoption is not currently available.

The information that is available covers the number of children up to the age of five years given indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom (UK) on the basis of adoption. This number excludes those children given limited leave to remain and who are subsequently adopted through the UK courts, becoming British citizens on the date that the final adoption order is made.

A total of around 20 adopted children up to the age of five were given indefinite leave to remain in 2000, the latest information available. The nationalities of the children were:









St. Lucia

Trinidad and Tobago


United States of America



We aim to publish 2001 data in July/August 2002.

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