Asylum Seekers

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 Somalia have been deported in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

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 latest available data for removals of Somali nationals who have sought asylum at some stage are for the 12 months to June 2002 and are given in the table.

Removal of Somali nationals(9),(10)
Month Number
July 2001 5
August 2001 0
September 2001 (9)
October 2001 (9)
November 2001 (9)
December 2001 (9)
January 2002 5
February 2002 (9)
March 2002 5
April 2002 10
May 2002 5
June 2002 (9)

(9) Figures are rounded to nearest five with — denoting 1 or 2.


1. Estimates of asylum removals by nationality—principal applicants removed only. Includes persons departing 'voluntarily' after the initiation of enforcement action against them, and persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Returns Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration.

2. Removal is not necessarily to country of origin.

Data on removals by nationality in the period July to September 2002 are due to be published at the end of February 2003 on the Home Office web-site:

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