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Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

Home Department written question – answered on 25th 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 nationals (a) arrived in the UK as family reunion cases, (b) applied for asylum and (c) were granted asylum in each of the last 12 months.

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

holding answer 23 February 2009

Annual statistics showing the categories under which passengers are granted leave to enter the United Kingdom can be found in chapter 2 of the Home Office publication "Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007." This publication may be obtained from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosb1008.pdf.

The following table shows the asylum application and grants of asylum figures for nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the last 12 months that have been published. Figures are provisional and rounded to the nearest five.

Initial decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period.

Information on asylum is published annually and quarterly. Annual figures on principal asylum applications are available in Table 2.1 and on grants of asylum in Table 3.1 of Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007 published on 21 August 2008. Quarterly figures are available in the supplementary web tables published with the Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistics Summary. The Q4 2008 Quarterly Statistics Summary will be available on 24 February 2009 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

Asylum applications( 1) received in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, and initial decisions( 2, 3) on applications, October 2007 to September 2008, nationals of Dem. Rep. of Congo
Principal applicants
Dem. Rep. of Congo Applications Decisions
Total Port In country Total decisions of which grants of asylum
October 2007 35 5 25 20 5
November 2007 20 (4) 20 20 0
December 2007 30 10 20 15 5
January 2008 30 10 20 20 5
February 2008 40 5 35 20 5
March 2008 30 10 25 20 5
April 2008 25 5 25 25 5
May 2008 30 10 25 20 (4)
June 2008 25 5 20 25 10
July 2008 20 5 15 25 10
August 2008 15 0 15 25 5
September 2008 25 5 20 15 (4)
Total 330 70 260 250 50
(1 )Provisional figures rounded to nearest 5.

(2 )Information is of initial decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.

(3 )Initial decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period.

(4 )1 or 2.

Source:

Home Office, Migration Statistics

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