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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in each of the last 10 years, how many asylum applications were received; how many asylum decision were made; how many of those decisions were to (a) approve the application, (b) refuse the application and (c) grant temporary leave to remain; how many failed applicants were removed; how many cases were unresolved, with the total time since the application was given in year bands; and in how many cases all files have been lost.
Table 1 shows asylum applications received and decisions made and Table 2 shows number of removals between 2002 and 2011. Figures relate to main applicants and dependants.
It is not possible within these figures to say at what stage in the asylum process individuals have reached at the time of their removal, including whether their claim has failed at that point, as those departing voluntarily can do so at any stage without necessarily notifying the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
Following a change to the published categories that separated removals and voluntary departures, figures for 2002 and 2003 are not directly comparable with those for 2004 onwards.
Table 3 shows the number of asylum cases pending at the end of 2011, broken down by total time since application. 'Pending' cases are those asylum applications from applicants, including fresh claims, lodged since
Annual figures on asylum applications and decisions and asylum cases pending are published in Table as.02 and annual figures for removals from 2004 are published in Table rv.01 of the release 'Immigration Statistics, July to September 2012' which is available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science website at:
The latest annual figures published are for 2011. 2012 figures will be published on
Home Office records are managed in accordance with relevant legislation and established policy. Within the UKBA staff are made aware of the importance of managing information securely and carefully to prevent unauthorised disclosure and to protect the agency's and the public's interest. It is important for the organisation to note those cases where records cannot be immediately located.
Recording a record or part of a record as “lost” on the File Tracking System is simply an indication that a member of staff has been unable to locate it at a particular point in time. It does not signify that a record has actually physically been ‘lost’ or what action has been taken to locate a record and experience shows that in many cases a more thorough search might result in the record or the missing part of the record being successfully located. We do not record such cases by calendar year.
|Table 1: Asylum applications and initial decisions for main applicants and dependants, 2002-11|
|Total applications||Total initial decisions||Total grants||Grants of asylum||Grants of HP(1)||Grants of DL(1)||Grants of ELR(1)||Total refusals|
|Table 2: Asylum removals for main applicants and dependants, 2002-11|
|Total asylum cases; removed or voluntary departed(2, 3)||Total asylum enforced removals(3)||Total asylum voluntary departures(3)|
|n/a = Not applicable (1) Humanitarian Protection (HP) and Discretionary Leave (DL) replaced Exceptional Leave to Remain (ELR) from 1 April 2003. (2) Following the change to published categories that separated removals and voluntary departures, figures for 2002 and 2003 are not directly comparable with those for 2004 onwards. (3) Removals and voluntary departures do not necessarily relate to decisions made in the same period. Notes: 1. Data for 2011 are provisional figures. 2. Initial decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period and exclude the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.|
|Table 3: Cases pending as at 31 December 2011 in year bands|
|Total time since application||0 to 1 year||>1 year and <=2 years||>2 years and <=3 years||>3 years and <=4 years||>4 years and <=5 years||>5 years and <=6 years||Total (all durations)|
|Pending further review||4,870||1,173||798||653||421||135||8,050|
|Pending initial decision||6,623||538||698||546||246||206||8,857|
|Note: 'Pending' cases are those asylum applications from main applicants and dependants, including fresh claims, lodged since 1 April 2006 which are still under consideration at the end of the reference period.|