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Asylum: Religion

Home Department written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Conservative, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many asylum seekers sought asylum in the UK on grounds of religious persecution in each of the last three years;

(2) how many asylum seekers who have converted to Christianity while in the UK sought asylum on religious persecution grounds in each of the last three years for which figures are available;

(3) how many failed asylum seekers who have subsequently changed their religion made the basis of their appeal the fear of religious persecution, in the last three years for which figures are available.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration and Asylum)

This information is not available and could be obtained by examination of individual case records only at disproportionate cost.

Information on asylum applications, initial decisions and appeals by nationality are published quarterly and annually. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

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