Visas: Middle East

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd December 2016.

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Photo of The Bishop of Coventry The Bishop of Coventry Bishop

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for asylum were made in 2015 and 2016 by those to whom they had previously granted visas to travel to the UK from Iraq and Syria.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

Figures on asylum claims from Iraq and Syria are published as part of the Government’s Transparency agenda. In the period concerned there were the following claims from Iraq and Syria:

Period

Iraq

Syria

2015 Q1

291

557

2015 Q2

295

403

2015 Q3

751

856

2015 Q4

1,311

978

2016 Q1

1,048

494

2016 Q1

838

478

2016 Q1

820

348

Totals

5,354

4,114

Identification of the number of these claims who had previously submitted a visa cannot be supplied for reasons of disproportionate cost.

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