Asylum: Deportation

Home Office written question – answered on 17th June 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Labour/Co-operative, Cardiff South and Penarth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported who applied for asylum in the UK based either in part or wholly on their sexuality or gender identity and fear of persecution in their home countries in each year since 2010 by country of origin.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office is unable to report on how many people have been deported who applied for asylum in the UK based either in part or wholly on their sexuality or gender identity and fear of persecution in their home countries in each year since 2010 by country of origin, as the Home Office do not publish data on asylum claims based on gender identity or expression. This information could only be obtained at disproportionate costs.

The Home Office remains committed to publishing information on the number of people claiming asylum on the basis of sexual orientation broken down by nationality.

On 29 November 2018, the Home Office published experimental statistics on Asylum claims made on the basis of sexual orientation, covering the period 2015 to 2017.

These experimental statistics provide data on asylum claims from 2015-2017, by year of application, initial decision, appeal receipt, or appeal decision

Data on the number of asylum claims on the basis of sexual orientation can be found in tabs SOC_00 in the experimental statistics in the link provided below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2019/list-of-tables#asylum-on-the-basis-of-sexual-orientation

These are the latest data available, and the next planned update to these statistics is in August 2019.

Deportations are a subset of enforced returns. They may occur either following a criminal conviction, or when it is judged that a person’s removal from the UK is conducive to the public good. Information on those deported who have made an asylum claim on the basis above is not separately available. The published statistics refer to enforced returns, which include deportations as well as cases where a person has breached UK immigration laws, and those removed under other administrative and illegal entry powers who have declined to leave voluntarily. Most illegal immigrants are removed from the UK under administrative or illegal entry powers and not deported.

Information on all returns is published as part of Home Office’s quarterly Immigration Statistics broken down by nationality, and can be found at tab rt_01:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2019/list-of-tables#returns

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