Asylum Applications

Home Department written question – answered on 11th December 2002.

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Photo of Mr Iain Coleman Mr Iain Coleman Labour, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers from (a) Somalia and (b) Iraq have had their applications (i) approved and (ii) refused in each of the last 12 months.

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

The tables show asylum applications and initial decisions and appeal outcomes for each of the last 12 months. Data on initial decisions are independent of applications data, and do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period. Appeal outcomes in any given time period do not necessarily relate to initial decisions made in the same period.

Information on asylum applications and initial decisions is published quarterly. The next publication will be available from 28 February 2003 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Asylum applications(4) received in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, and initial decisions(5) on applications, October 2001 to September 2002(6) -- Principal applicants
Somalia Iraq
Applications Total decisions Grants of asylum Grants of ELR Total refusals Applications Total decisions Grants of asylum Grants of ELR Total refusals
2001
October 550 790 220 155 415 565 635 65 210 360
November 420 805 255 170 380 595 505 70 165 265
December 385 500 195 120 185 640 530 50 195 285
2002
January 470 695 270 185 240 730 910 85 435 390
February 380 590 220 165 205 1,135 765 65 405 290
March 450 445 165 120 160 975 860 65 585 210
April 455 510 210 110 185 975 980 75 705 200
May 550 575 205 160 205 1,335 890 65 625 200
June 445 380 165 75 135 1,115 675 55 445 175
July 755 530 220 120 190 1,285 1,065 65 785 215
August 685 500 195 115 190 1,365 885 45 660 175
September 655 715 220 150 350 1,655 1,120 40 815 265
Total 6,205 7,040 2,545 1,655 2,840 12,365 9,820 755 6,030 3,035

(4) Figures rounded to nearest 5, with '*' = 1 or 2.

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

(6) Provisional data.

Outcome of asylum appeals brought by nationals of Somalia and Iraq, determined by Adjudicators of the IAA, -- October 2001 to September 2002 by month(7)Principal appellants
Somalia Iraq
Total Allowed Dismissed Withdrawn(8) Total Allowed Dismissed Withdrawn(8)
2001
October 90 15 55 20 255 60 175 25
November 90 30 50 15 280 60 185 35
December 100 20 65 15 230 40 165 25
2002
January 100 20 65 15 325 65 220 40
February 130 35 80 10 390 105 255 25
March 180 60 105 15 430 105 285 40
April 210 75 115 25 495 135 320 40
May 270 90 155 25 470 130 300 40
June 260 90 130 35 320 80 210 30
July 360 135 175 50 380 65 280 35
August 325 140 150 30 420 90 280 45
September 290 110 155 30 395 100 255 40
Total 2,405 810 1,305 285 4,390 1,035 2,940 420

(7) Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5. Appeals do not necessarily relate to initial Home Office decisions in the same month.

(8) Figures include cases withdrawn by the Home Office as well as the appellant.

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