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Asylum Seekers/Immigration

Home Department written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) children have been granted humanitarian protection in the United Kingdom in each month since April 2003.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality)

The table shows initial decisions resulting in grants of humanitarian protection (HP) to asylum seeker principal applicants and dependants by month from April to December 2003, the latest published figures that are available.

Principal applicants1,2 not recognised as refugees but granted humanitarian protection, excluding dependants, by sex, April to December 2003
Male Female Total grants of HP Total initial decisions
April 2003 5 10 15 4,290
May 2003 5 10 15 5,130
June 2003 10 5 15 5,230
July 2003 5 5 15 4,940
August 2003 5 5 15 4,200
September 2003 5 5 15 5,070
October 2003 5 10 20 5,605
November 2003 5 5 15 5,060
December 2003 10 10 15 4,310
Total 65 70 135 43,840

(46) Provisional figures rounded to the nearest five.

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

Dependants of principal applicants1,2 not recognised as refugees but granted humanitarian protection, by sex, April to December 2003
Male Female Total
April 2003 * *
May 2003 * *
June 2003 5 5 10
July 2003 * 5 5
August 2003 * *
September 2003 * *
October 2003 5 5 10
November 2003 * 5 5
December 2003 * 5 5
Total 15 25 40

(48) Provisional figures rounded to the nearest five with * = 1 or 2.

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

16 per cent. of these 135 principal applicants and 88 per cent. of the 40 dependants were aged under 18 at time of decision, based on the date of birth information supplied by applicants. 10 of the principal applicants were identified as unaccompanied asylum seeking children, 83 per cent. of these were under 18 at the time of initial decision.

Cases granted HP are actively reviewed at the end of the HP period, which may subsequently result in refusal and removal.

Data on non-asylum grants of HP are not available.

Information on asylum decisions, by sex, is published annually. The next publication covering 2003 will be available at the end of August 2004 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

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