Immigration: Failed Asylum Seekers

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Spokesperson in the Lords, International Development, Spokesperson in the Lords, Welsh Affairs, Whip

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many failed asylum seekers have been deported to Iran in each of the past three years.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

A total of 390 asylum applicants (including dependants) were removed or departed voluntarily to Iran in 2005; 475 in 2006 and 480 in 2007. Figures include persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under assisted voluntary return programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration and those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. Figures are rounded to the nearest five and information for 2006 and 2007 is provisional.

It is not possible to say what stage in the asylum process the returnees as a whole have reached at the time of their removal, including whether their claim has failed at that point, because those departing voluntarily can do so at any stage.

Further information on asylum removals from the UK is available from the Library of the House and the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at -asylum-stats.html.

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Christopher Ashley
Posted on 17 Jul 2008 5:36 pm (Report this annotation)

And how many were accepted ?

It is a danger to national security to harbor large numbers of people from states openly hostile against us.