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Refugees: Families

Home Office written question – answered on 24th September 2018.

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Chair, International Trade Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) decisions on, and (b) grants of, applications for refugee family reunion were made at (i) Istanbul Clearance, (ii) Amman Clearance, (iii) Pretoria Clearance and (iv) Sheffield Decision Making Centre in 2017.

Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Chair, International Trade Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, from which countries are applications for refugee family reunion designated to be decided by the Sheffield Decision Making Centre.

Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Chair, International Trade Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration's report, A re-inspection of the family reunion process, focusing on applications received at the Amman Entry Clearance Decision Making Centre, published on 5 September 2018, for what reason the proportion of refugee family reunion applications being decided at the Sheffield Decision Making Centre has increased.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Statistics on refugee family reunion can be found in Home Office Asylum tables volume 5, table as_21_q –

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734178/asylum5-jun-2018-tables.ods

Information can also be found in the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration report: A re-inspection of the family reunion process, focusing on applications received at the Amman Entry Clearance Decision Making Centre:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/737724/Final_Artwork_Reinspection_Family_Reunion_Amman.pdf

UK Visas and Immigration are currently in the process of consolidating Family Reunion applications so that decision making is carried out by one specialist team based in the UK.

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