Asylum

Home Department written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications from Sri Lankan nationals have been (a) granted and (b) refused in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The number of asylum applications, excluding dependants, from nationals of Sri Lanka that have been (a) granted asylum on initial decisions and (b) refused asylum on initial decisions are provided as follows:

Asylum applications and initial decisions (1, 2, 3) for main applicants, nationals of Sri Lanka
Principal applicants
  Total applications Total initial decisions Total grants Grants of asylum Grants of HP Grants of DL Grants of ELR Total refusals Total withdrawals
2001 5,511 10,350 1,979 1,441 538 8,371 59
2002 3,131 4,284 615 338 277 3,669 29
2003 705 1,472 117 18 0 44 55 1,355 33
2004 332 721 98 10 1 87 623 63
2005 396 518 64 6 0 58 454 147
2006 525 431 62 5 0 57 369 71
2007 988 936 124 67 2 55 812 16
2008 1,473 874 206 146 1 59 668 55
2009 1,115 1,251 190 133 1 56 1,061 55
2010 1,357 1,612 228 186 0 42 1,384 61
(1 )2009 and 2010 figures are provisional. (2) Initial decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period and exclude the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions. (3) Humanitarian protection (HP) and discretionary leave (DL) replaced exceptional leave to remain (ELR) from 1 April 2003.

These data were published in Table as.01 of Immigration Statistics: April-June 2011. Further information on asylum application outcomes is available from the Immigration Statistics release available in the Library of the House and the Home Office Science website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/research-statistics/migration/migration-statistics1/

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