Unaccompanied Children

Home Department written question – answered on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied child asylum seekers from Africa have arrived in each of the 33 London boroughs since 2001.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality), Home Office

The information requested is not available centrally and could be obtained only by requiring individual local authorities to search their individual case records. There are currently 3,470 1 unaccompanied asylum seeking children supported by the 32 London boroughs and the Corporation of London. This compares to 4,220 1 in 2004.

In 2002 there were 1,745 1 applications for asylum from unaccompanied asylum seeking children from Africa. Corresponding figures for 2003 and 2004 are 1,355 1 and 1,190 1 respectively.

1 all figures rounded to nearest five.

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