Immigration: Iran

Home Office written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Leave to Remain from citizens of Iran were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful; and how many of those unsuccessful applications were as a result of not being able to prove Christian faith for each year since 2012.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it, in accordance with our obligations under the Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The number of Iranians who have claimed asylum in the UK up to Quarter 3 2018 (year ending Sept 18) and those who have been granted leave (Asylum/HP/ELR/other) can be found at the published Immigration Statistics, Asylum Data Tables Volume 1, table as_01_q:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2018/list-of-tables#asylum

We cannot provide data on the reasons why the asylum claims were made i.e. the Convention reason, as 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, so we cannot provide figures on how many claims were unsuccessful as a result of not being able to prove Christian faith. As such, this information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost, because it would require a manual search through individual records.

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