Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 24th June 2004.

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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 what proportion of successful asylum applications were made in this country in 2003; and what proportion of those were denied asylum support under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

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)

Information on the UK's share of asylum applications in Europe in 2003 that resulted in grants of refugee status (including appeal outcome) is not available. In terms of applications per head of the population, the UK ranked 9th in Europe in 2003.

Information on the proportion of applications in the UK in 2003 that resulted in grants of refugee status is not yet available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Outcomes of applications for asylum depend on the merit of individual cases, and situations in countries of origin.

The eligibility for support under section 55 was considered by the National Asylum Support Service for a total of 14,760 cases in 2003, of which 9,410 asylum seekers (excluding dependants) were notified that they were ineligible. Some applicants notified that they are ineligible for support under section 55, apply nevertheless and these are shown in the published statistics within the "Invalid" support type category. Information on the numbers refused support under section 55 is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

An estimation of the outcomes of applications for asylum in the UK made in 2003, up to and including appeal at the IAA, will be included in the Home Office annual statistical "bulletin Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2003". It is planned to publish the bulletin at the end of August 2004, and it will be available from the Library or on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www. homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html

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