Asylum Seekers

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Syrians refused asylum in the United Kingdom in 2013 are (1) not in the United Kingdom following a forced removal, (2) not in the United Kingdom following a voluntary removal, (3) in a detention removal centre, and (4) remain in the country but not in detention.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Of the total number of Syrians refused asylum in 2013:

(1 ) Twenty four have returned following an enforced removal.

(2) The number of those not in the UK following a voluntary departure is low, ,so in line with Home Office practice on published data, the number cannot be published to protect the identity of those involved.

(3) Twenty remain in Immigration Removal Centres.

(4) When an asylum claim has been refused, all applicants are encouraged to return voluntarily to their country of origin. The Department cannot therefore provide reliable data in answer to this part of the question. However, the Government has made a commitment to introduce exit checks by 2015 which will improve our ability to identify those who have overstayed their visas and to measure migration.

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