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Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 18th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people currently held in immigration detention are claiming asylum on the grounds of religious persecution.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The basis of a person’s asylum claim is recorded on their individual Home Office file, but not in a way that can be easily aggregated. Therefore, we cannot provide figures on how many people are currently held in immigra-tion detention, claiming asylum on the grounds of religious persecution.

As such, this information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost because it would require a manual search through individual records.

Information on people entering detention in 2018 can be found in tab dt_01_q of the ‘Detention data tables immigration statistics year ending September 2018’:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2018-data-tables

Information on the number of asylum claims, subsequent grants of asylum and humanitarian protection, irrespective of whether the individual was de-tained, (as at year ending September 2018) can be found in tab as_02¬_q at Volume 2 of the quarterly Immigration statistics release:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2018-data-tables

Information on people entering detention in 2018 can be found in tab dt_01_q of the ‘Detention data tables immigration statistics year ending September 2018’:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2018-data-tables

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