Home Department written question – answered on 25th June 2012.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed Sudanese asylum seekers have been requested to attend interviews with Sudanese and South Sudanese embassy officials for the purposes of obtaining documentation or confirming nationality in the years (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and what information her Department holds on how many of those requested to attend have complied with that request.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

According to provisional data held by the UK Border Agency, 46 individuals with no legal basis to remain in the United Kingdom were requested to attend interviews with Sudanese embassy officials in 2010-11 and 111 individuals in 2011-12. These data do not record whether those individuals are failed asylum seekers, are not subject to statistical quality assurance and are subject to change. There are no centrally held data to indicate whether those individuals subsequently complied with that request and that information could be produced only at a disproportionate cost. There have been no requests to attend interviews at the South Sudanese embassy.

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