Asylum: Iraq

Home Office written question – answered on 25th November 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Jolly Baroness Jolly Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iraqi interpreters contracted by the armed forces during military operations between 2003 and 2009 have applied for asylum in the UK in each year from 2009 to 2015.

Photo of Baroness Jolly Baroness Jolly Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iraqi interpreters contracted by the armed forces during military operations between 2003 and 2009 have been granted asylum in the UK in each year from 2009 to 2015.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department

Information on the previous occupations of asylum applicants is not centrally recorded and is held in an individual’s paper case file or within the notes section of the case information database (CID). Such data are not aggregated in national reporting systems, which would mean this question could be answered only through a disproportionately expensive manual case search to collate the data.

The Home Office publishes immigration statistics annually and quarterly, which are available from the Home Office research and statistics website.

This includes information on asylum applications by nationality. The latest statistics can be found in asylum volume 1, data table as_01 at the following link : https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-april-to-june-2015-data-tables

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