Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 19th September 2002.

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Photo of Mr Jimmy Wray Mr Jimmy Wray Labour, Glasgow Baillieston

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were dispersed to Glasgow in 2001; and how many applications for asylum since 1997 have been (a) granted and (b) refused.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Citizenship and Immigration), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism)

As at the end of December 2001, 4,750 1 , 2 asylum seekers (including dependants) were being supported in National Asylum Support Service (NASS) accommodation in Glasgow. The cumulative number dispersed to Glasgow in 2001 is not currently available.

Information on the number of applications for asylum since 1997 which subsequently resulted in the granting of asylum or Exceptional Leave to Remain (ELR), or refusals, is not readily available, and could only be obtained by examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.

1 Figure rounded to the nearest 10 2 Cases where support has been ceased are excluded from this figure

Information for 1997 to the first quarter of 2002 on applications for asylum, and initial decisions made, is shown in the table. (However these initial decisions do not all relate to applications made between 1997 and quarter one 2002). A proportion of applications that receive an initial refusal result in an appeal being lodged.

Table 1: Applications received for asylum in the United Kingdom, and initial decision 1 2 1997—Quarter 1 2002
Applications received 3 Initial Decisions 4 Cases considered under normal procedures 5 Granted asylumGranted ELRRefused Backlog clearance exercise 6 Granted asylum or ELR under backlog criteriaRefused under backlog criteria 7
1997 32,500 36,045 3,985 3,115 28,945 - -
1998 46,015 31,570 5,345 3,910 22,315 - -
1999 71,160 33,720 7,815 2,465 11,025 11,140 1,275
2000p 80,315 109,205 10,375 11,495 75,680 10,325 1,335
2001p 71,700 118,195 10,960 19,510 87,725 - -
2002 8 p 19,520 23,105 2,085 6,060 14,965 - -
Total 321,210 351,845 40,565 46,555 240,655 21,470 2,605

(1) Figures rounded to the nearest 5, with * =1 or 2

(2) Decision figures do not necessarily relate to applications received in the same period.

(3) May exclude some cases lodged at Local Enforcement Offices between January and March 2000.

(4) Information is of initial decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.

(5) Cases considered under normal procedures may include some cases decided under the backlog criteria.

(6) Cases decided under measures aimed at reducing the pre 1996 asylum application backlog.

(7) Include some cases where the application has been refused on substantive grounds.

(8) Data are available only for the period January to March 2002.

(p) Figures for 2000, 2001 and 2002 are provisional and subject to change.

Information on asylum applications and initial decisions is published quarterly. Data for the second quarter of 2002 will be available from 30 August 2002 on the Home Office website at http://www. homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.htm

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