Asylum: Scotland

Home Office written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Tommy Sheppard Tommy Sheppard Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Question 281779 on Asylum: Scotland, how many asylum seekers resident in Scotland have been required to attend Home Office appointments in England as part of their asylum application; on how many occasions those applicants did not attend those appointments; and how many asylum seekers that failed to attend a Home Office appointment in England when they were resident in Scotland had their asylum application refused in each of the last five calendar years.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Home Office does not routinely publish data to answer this question.

Whilst we hold data on the current addresses of asylum claimants, data on how many asylum seekers resident in Scotland have been required to attend Home Office appointments in England as part of their asylum application; on how many occasions those applicants did not attend those appointments; and how many asylum seekers that failed to attend a Home Office appointment in England when they were resident in Scotland had their asylum application refused in each of the last five calendar years, could only be obtained at disproportionate costs.

The Home Office does routinely publish data on the number of applications for asylum refused in the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by nationality, in its quarterly Immigration Statistics release, the latest release published on 22nd August 2019.

Latest edition available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2019/list-of-tables

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