House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many travellers arriving in the United Kingdom in each of the last 12 months have been refused entry at the border; and how many of those have claimed asylum.

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)

Our records show almost 22,000 incidents of persons being refused entry to the UK at the border between 1 March 2009 and 28 February 2010. Of these, 425 claimed asylum. This is in addition to 29,000 incidents of persons who attempted to enter the UK illegally but were thwarted by officers at juxtaposed controls.

The monthly breakdown is as follows*:

Month Total number of refusals at UK border Number of which claimed asylum
March 09 1,877 37
April 09 1,750 30
May 09 1,993 34
June 09 1,891 40
July 09 1,902 29
August 09 1,924 37
September 09 1,917 44
October 09 1,864 35
November 09 1,619 51
December 09 1,869 45
January 10 1,697 24
February 10 1,696 19
Total 21,999 425
* Data are management information and are from a live database. They have not been subject to the detailed checks required for National Statistics.

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