Asylum: Deportation

Home Department written question – answered on 9th January 2014.

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Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Labour, Glasgow South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers were returned successfully to (a) China and (b) Iran in the last three years for which data are available.

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 China and Iran, 2010 to 20121, 2, 3
  Country of destination Total asylum enforced removals Total asylum voluntary departures
2010 China 514 598
2011 China 381 519
2012(P) China 357 482
2010 Iran 50 79
2011 Iran 53 86
2012(P) Iran 22 58
1 Destination as recorded on source database; all nationals returned to China and 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.

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.

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 July-September 2013 is available from: and will be placed in the Library of the House.

Information for 2013 will be available from 27 February 2014.

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