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Asylum Seekers

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistical monitoring is undertaken in relation to the detention and imprisonment of asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement. [15174]

Statistical information on persons who had sought asylum and were detained as at specific points in time is available. A copy of the most recent statistics is attached.

Table 1: Number of people recorded as being detained1,2 on 31 October 1997 who had sought asylum at some stage, by gender and immigration status
GenderPortIllegal entrantsSubject to deportation actionTotal
Male28335256691
Female3314249
Total31636658740
1Persons detained solely under the powers contained in Schedule 2 or 3 of the Immigration Act 1971.
2These figures include people who have been in detention for less than a month. Because of the delay in recording receptions into and releases from, detention and the large number of persons detained for a short period, the figures should be used with caution.
Table 2: Number of people recorded as being detained on1,2 31 October 1997 who had sought asylum at some stage, by stage of application and immigration status
Stage of applicationPortIllegal entrantsSubject to deportation actionTotal
Awaiting initial decision1581668332
Awaiting result of appeal1049028222
Awaiting result of further challenge or documentation for removal35411022186
Total31636658740
1Persons detained solely under the powers contained in Schedule 2 or 3 of the Immigration Act 1971.
2These figures include people who have been in detention for less than a month. Because of the delay in recording receptions into, and releases from, detention and the large number of persons detained for a short period, the figures should be used with caution.
3Includes those persons awaiting the result of a further appeal/other challenge or awaiting removal pending documentation.
Table 3: Number of people recorded as being detained1,2 on 31 October 1997 who had sought asylum at some stage, by length of detention3 and immigration status.
LengthPortIllegal entrantsSubject to deportation actionTotal
0-1 Month110910910228
1-2 Months83878178
2-6 Months8511824227
6-12 Months28471287
12 Months +115420
Total31636658740
1Persons detained solely under the powers contained in Schedule 2 or 3 of the Immigration Act 1971.
2These figures include people who have been in detention for less than a month. Because of the delay in recording receptions into, and releases from, detention and the large number of persons detained for a short period, the figures should be used with caution.
3In some cases the date a person enters detention may be understated due to the method of recording.
Table 4: Number of people recorded as being detained1,2 on 31 October 1997 who had sought asylum at some stage, by nationality and immigration status
NationalityPortIllegal entrantsSubject to deportation actionTotal
India1579296
Nigeria40341488
Pakistan1930756
Algeria1328647
China People's Republic of1421035
Ghana1212327
Turkey1016026
Romania223025
Czech Republic222024
Yugoslavia915024
Bangladesh613322
Kenya192122
Sri Lanka99321
Albania315018
Cyprus132015
Slovakia150015
Angola74213
Bulgaria91212
Gambia6129
Ivory Coast5308
Jamaica1348
Lithuania4217
Poland1607
Russia1607
Sudan4307
South Africa5117
Uganda7007
Ecuador6006
Colombia5005
Iran4105
Morocco2204
Ukraine (Ukrainian SS)0314
Afghanistan1203
Lebanon2103
Somalia3003
Tanzania2013
Armenia0202
Guinea2002
Kazakhstan0202
Liberia2002
Libya (Arab Republic)0202
Nepal0202
Philippines1102
Palestine1102
Table 4: Number of people recorded as being detained1,2 on 31 October 1997 who had sought asylum at some stage, by nationality and immigration status
NationalityPortIllegal entrantsSubject to deportation actionTotal
Sierra Leone1102
Tunisia0112
Ukraine2002
Zaire2002
Zimbabwe1102
Nationality doubtful28010
Others65415
Total31636658740
1Persons detained solely under the powers contained in Schedule 2 or 3 of the Immigration Act 1971.
2Those figures include people who have been in detention for less than a month. Because of the delay in recording receptions into, and releases from, detention and the large number of persons detained for a short period, the figures should be used with caution.