Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants who are citizens of Sri Lanka were given permission to stay in the UK in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002 and (d) 2003; and how many applications were refused in each of these years.

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

pursuant to his answer, 21 January 2004, Official Report, c. 1269W

Due to an administrative error the figures for Sri Lanka were not the most current figures available. The corrected version of the answer is in the table.

The table shows the available data, for outcomes of initial decisions relating to asylum applications (principal applicants) for nationals of Sri Lanka in 2000, 2001, 2002 and from January to September 2003. Grants of exceptional leave to remain and of discretionary leave may be followed by review of individuals' cases and do not necessarily result in permanent settlement.

Initial decisions on asylum applications(23) , (24) received in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, by year, nationals of Sri Lanka -- Principal applicants
Decisions
Sri Lanka Totaldecisions Grants of asylum Grants of Exceptional Leave to Remain Grants of Humanitarian Protection Grants of Discretionary Leave Totalrefusals(25) Grants of Exceptional Leave to Remain under backlog criteria(26) , (27) Non compliance refusals under backlog criteria(26) , (28)
2000 9,050 900 285 n/a n/a 6,875 895 100
2001(29) 10,350 1,440 540 n/a n/a 8,370 n/a n/a
2002(30) 4,285 340 275 n/a n/a 3,670 n/a n/a
January to September 2003(30) 1,265 20 55 35 1,155 n/a n/a

n/a = not applicable

(23) Provisional figures rounded to nearest 5.

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

(25) May include some refusals under non compliance grounds.

(26) Cases decided under pragmatic measures aimed at reducing the pre 1996 asylum backlog.

(27) May include a small number of cases where asylum has been granted.

(28) May include a small number of cases where the application has been refused on substantive grounds.

(29) Revised figures

(30) Provisional figures.

The table shows the available data, for outcomes of appeals relating to refused asylum applications (principal applicants) for nationals of Sri Lanka in 2000, 2001, 2002 and from January to September 2003. Allowed appeals may result in grants of asylum, grants of humanitarian protection or grants of discretionary leave, or in appeals to the IAT by the Secretary of State, and do not necessarily result in permanent settlement.

Outcome of Appeals(31) , (32) determined by adjudicators of the Immigration Appellate Authority, excluding dependants, nationals of Sri Lanka, 2001 to September 2003 -- Number of principal appellants
Appeals determined by adjudicators(32)
Allowed Dismissed Withdrawn
Total Total As percentage of Determined Total As percentage of Determined Total As percentage of Determined
2001 4,830 1,810 37 2,900 60 120 2
2002 6,435 1,455 23 4,880 76 100 2
January to September 2003 4,710 580 12 4,015 85 110 2

(31) Provisional figures rounded to nearest 5 (except percentages) with '*' = 1 or 2. Figures may not add up due to independent rounding.

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

Information on asylum applications and decisions is published quarterly. The next publication will be available on the 24 February 2004 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

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