Asylum: Syria

Home Office written question – answered on 17th September 2014.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian refugees have been granted asylum in the UK since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

Between April 2011 and June 2014, 2,959 Syrians and their dependants were granted asylum in the UK at initial decision.

In the same period, 74 Syrians and their dependants were granted Humanitarian Protection/ Discretionary Leave and Other grants (grants under family and private life rules). In addition, 50 Syrian nationals have beengranted Humanitarian Protection under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme since it began in April 2014.

The Home Office publishes statistics on grants of asylum, humanitarian protection/discretionary leave/other grants at initial decision to main applicants and dependants in Tables as_02 and as_02_q (Asylum data tables Volume 1 and Volume 2) within the Immigration Statistics release. Table as.19 (Asylum data table Volume 4) shows refugees (and others) resettled in the UK under different schemes.

A copy of the latest release, Immigration Statistics April – June 2014 is available from https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office/series/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release and is available from the Library of the House.

Refugee status is conferred following a grant of asylum. Not all asylum seekers are deemed to be refugees and not all refugees claim asylum.

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