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Iranian Nationals

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iranians have entered and left the United Kingdom for each of the last 24 months; and what have been the purposes of the visits by percentage.

Statistics of admissions analysed by the purpose of journey and citizenship-nationality are published annually in "Control of Immigration: Statistics "—table 1(b) of the issue for 1979, Cmnd. 7875, to be published tomorrow. For monthly admissions of Iranian nationals from January 1978 to September 1979 I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave on 4 December and 19 December—[Vol. 975, c. 98–9; Vol. 976, c. 224–26.]; admission of Iranian nationals were 12·1 thousand in October 1979, 8·2 thousand in November 1979 and 8·7 thousand in December 1979. To provide the percentage breakdown by purpose of journey on a monthly basis would involve disproportionate cost, but the following table gives it for each of the last eight quarters. Information about the numbers of Iranian nationals who have left the United Kingdom is not available.

IRANIAN NATIONALS ADMITTED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, BY PURPOSE OF JOURNEY, JANUARY 1978—DECEMBER 1979

Percentage of total number of journeys

Total admitted (thousands) = 100

Visitors given leave to enter for 12 months

Passengers in transit

Diplomats and dependants

Work permit holders and dependants

Others given leave to enter

Those admitted for marriage

Accepted for settlement on arrival

Returning from temporary absence abroad

Students

per cent.

Ordinary

Business

1978
1st quarter40·06577*****174
2nd quarter49·07067*****143
3rd quarter107·07537*****124
4th quarter41·164612*****125
1978 Total237·17058*****134
1979
1st quarter23·248621*****196
2nd quarter31·465710*****153
3rd quarter88·27327*****143
4th quarter29·164714*****112
1979 Total171·967411*****143
* Denotes percentages of less than ½ per cent.