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Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

Home Department written question – answered on 23rd February 2009.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals have been forcibly removed from the UK to the DRC in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (also in the Home Office), Home Office, Minister of State (also in the Home Office), HM Treasury

The requested information is not available; however the following table shows the number of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals who were removed or departed voluntarily from the United Kingdom to the DRC in each of the last 12 months for which published information is available (October 2007-September 2008).

Figures for the fourth quarter of 2008 will be published on 24 February 2009.

Published statistics on immigration and asylum are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html

Enforced removals and voluntary departures after enforcement action had been initiated( 1) , Nationals of Democratic Republic of Congo to the Democratic Republic of Congo, October 2007 to September 2008( 2,5)
Number of removals
Asylum cases( 3,4) Non-asylum cases
2007
October 5
November 10
December 5 5
2008
January 5 *
February 10 *
March 5 5
April 5 5
May * *
June * *
July * 5
August * *
September *
Total October 2007-September 2008 45 25
(1) Figures include persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons who it has been established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities, persons leaving under Facilitated Return Schemes and removals performed by Immigration Officers using port powers of removal and a small number of cases dealt with at juxtaposed controls.

(2) Figures rounded to the nearest 5 (— = 0, * = 1 or 2) and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.

(3) Persons who had sought asylum at some stage, including dependants.

(4) Due to a reclassification of removal categories, figures include asylum removals which have been performed by Enforcement Officers using port powers of removal and a small number of cases dealt with at juxtaposed controls.

(5) Provisional figures.

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