Home Department written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outstanding applications for asylum were received by the UK Border Agency before 1 March 2009.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

The UK Border Agency have interpreted the question as asking for the number of asylum applications which were made before 1 March 2009 and which have been neither granted, withdrawn, are successful at appeal or removed. This would include applications made both to the New Asylum model (NAM) and cases within the CRD legacy.

The number of outstanding asylum applications which were made since the introduction of the new Asylum model (NAM) in 2006 and prior to 1 March 2009 is contained in the following table:

Number of asylum applications( 1) Number of cases yet to reach conclusion( 2)
2006 23,610 -
2007 23,430 -
2008 24,700 -
2009 24,250 -
Total 95,990 40,640
(1) Numbers for Asylum Applications are from migration statistics published stats.

(2) Please note that figures quoted are internal management information only and are subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. This figure is the total number of unconcluded out of service standard cases. Cases within a six month period are considered in standard and therefore considered as work in progress, they are not considered to be outstanding applications.

The above figure (40,640) does not include cases being dealt with by the Case Resolution Directorate (CRD)(1).

(1) This is because the Agency is unable to accurately report on these outstanding cases. As reported in February 2010 to the Home Affairs Select Committee, 52 per cent. of the concluded cases were data errors and required no further action. Therefore, any such report would be unable to accurately represent CRD cases with outstanding applications.

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