Asylum: Iran

Home Department written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Independent, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum applicants have been deported back to Iran year on year in each of the last three years.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

The following table provides the number of asylum cases removed or departing voluntarily from the UK in each year from 2010 to 2012.

Asylum removals and voluntary departures to Iran, 2010 to 2012(1,2,3)
  Total asylum enforced removals Total asylum voluntary departures
2010 50 79
2011 53 86
2012(4) 22 58
(1) Destination as recorded on source database; all nationals returned to Iran. (2) Removals are recorded on the system as at the dates on which the data extracts were taken. (3) Recorded on the system as having claimed asylum at some point. (4) Provisional figures. Figures will under record due to data cleansing and data matching exercises that take place after the extracts are taken.

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 Home Office.

Deportations are a specific subset of removals which are enforced either following a criminal conviction or when it is judged that a person's removal from the UK is conducive to the public good. The deportation order prohibits the person returning to the UK until such time as it may be revoked. Most of the foreign national offenders are removed via deportation or the Home Office enforces their departure to ensure they leave the UK.

The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number of persons removed or departed voluntarily from the UK within the Immigration Statistics release. A copy of the latest release, Immigration Statistics April to June 2013 is available from: and will be placed in the Library of the House.

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