Asylum: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd March 2017.

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

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 22 February (HL5356) stating that in the year ending September 2016 the UK granted asylum or another form of leave to over 8,000 children, what forms of asylum or leave were granted to those children; and how many children there were in each category.

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

In 2016 the UK granted asylum or another form of leave to over 8,000 children. This figure includes children granted asylum or another form of leave following an asylum claim, children resettled under our resettlement programmes and those children who were granted family reunion visas.

The forms of leave granted to children who have made an asylum claim can include Refugee Leave, Humanitarian Protection, UASC Leave, Discretionary Leave, Grants of Family or Private Life Leave To Remain or Leave Outside The Rules. Children who are resettled to the UK under our resettlement programmes are granted Humanitarian Protection status or Indefinite Leave to Remain depending on the specific resettlement programme. Family reunion visas can be granted to family members of those granted Refugee Status or Humanitarian Protection in the UK, and are granted Leave in line with their relative.

The Home Office publishes the number of Asylum applications from main applicants, by age in table as_03 of the Immigration Statistics release. The latest figures are available at the following link:

The table has also been attached to this answer.

Table as_03 - Immigration Stats (Excel SpreadSheet, 3.29 MB)

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