Iraq: Refugees

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many Iraqi asylum seekers have been granted (a) asylum, and (b) leave to remain in the United Kingdom each year since 2003, and how these figures compare with those of other European Union nations.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State, Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The tables attached show grants of asylum and subsidiary decisions for nationals of Iraq at initial decision and appeal for each year from 2003 to 2006. Other European nations' asylum decision data are not collated by Immigration Research and Statistics and would involve disproportionate cost to extract from other sources.

Information on asylum decisions is 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

Initial decisions (1) (2) on asylum applications, 2003-06, nationals of Iraq
Principal applicants
Iraq Decisions
Total decisions Grants of asylum Grants of ELR Grants of HP(3) Grants of DL(3) Total refusals
2003 6,805 70 2,105 * 45 4,580
2004 4,815 10 n/a 185 4,615
2005 1,835 5 n/a 10 150 1,675
2006 (P) 730 30 n/a 60 640
(1) Figures rounded to nearest 5, with * = 1 or 2.
(2) Information is of initial determination decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.
(3) Humanitarian protection and discretionary leave replaced exceptional leave to remain from 1 April 2003.
(P) Provisional figures.
n/a: not applicable.
Appeals outcomes determined by the Immigration Appellate Authority/Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (1)(2)
Principal appellants
Appeals determined (3)
Iraq Allowed (5) Dismissed (5) Withdrawn (5)(6)
Total determined (4) Total As % of determined Total As % of determined Total As % of determined
2003 5,400 490 9% 4,435 82% 475 9%
2004 6,645 275 4% 6,210 93% 160 2%
2005 2,845 160 6% 2,585 91% 100 3%
2006 (P) 755 115 15% 600 79% 40 5%
(1) Figures rounded to nearest 5 (except percentages), with * = 1 or 2. Figures may not add up due to independent rounding.
(2) The AIT was formed on 4 April 2005 and replaced the IAA.
(3) All figures for appeals determined are cases dealt with by adjudicators/immigration judges.
(4) Based on information supplied by the Ministry of Justice. Determinations do not necessarily relate to appeals received in the same period.
(5) Pre-4 April 2005 based on data supplied from the Presenting Officers Unit within the Home Office; 4 April 2005 onwards based on immigration and nationality electronic sources.
(6) Figures include cases withdrawn by the Home Office, as well as the appellant.
(P) Provisional figures.

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