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Asylum Seekers

Volume 281: debated on Wednesday 17 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of applications made for asylum by citizens born in Nigeria for each of the last three years up to the latest available date; how many applications have been (a) granted and (b) rejected; and if he will make a statement. [37478]

Information on asylum applications from nationals of Nigeria, and decisions on applications, for the first six months of 1996, is given in the table. Similar information for the years 1993 to 1995 is given in tables 4.2 to 4.4 of the Home Office statistical bulletin "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 1995", issue 9/96, a copy of which is in the Library.

Decisions1 on applications1 received for asylum in the United Kingdom from nationals of Nigeria, excluding dependants, January to June 1996
January to June 1996
Asylum applications 21,815
Decisions2, 32,530
Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum5
Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave to remain 45
Total refused2,520
Refused asylum and ELR—after full consideration2,260
Refused on non-compliance grounds5230
Refused on safe third country grounds630
1 Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5, with '*' = 1 or 2 and '..' = not available.
2 Figures exclude information on applications made overseas.
3 Decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same year.
4 Usually granted for a year in the first instance, subject then to further review.
5 Paragraph 340 (paragraph 180F prior to 1 October 1994 and paragraph 101 prior to 26 July 1993) of the Immigration Rules, for failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period, including failure to respond to invitations to interview to establish identity.
6 Refused on the grounds that the applicant had arrived from a safe third country.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Deaprtment how many persons who have had their claims for asylum rejected are held in detention at the present time. [37518]

As at 27 June, there were 586 asylum seekers held in detention after having their claims for asylum rejected.