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Unaccompanied Children

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) unaccompanied children and (b) children unaccompanied by adults with parental responsibility arrived in the UK in each of the last five years. [100477]

I regret that the information requested is not available. Information is not recorded (or collated centrally) on whether children who arrive in the United Kingdom are accompanied or unaccompanied.The available information on applications from unaccompanied asylum seeking children is given in the table. Reliable information on the entry routes of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), including when UASCs first enter the United Kingdom, is not available.

Unaccompanied children1,2,3aged 17 or under, applying for asylum in the United Kingdom, 1998 to 2002
TotalApplied at portApplied in country
199843,0351,0851,955
199943,3501,5001,850
200042,7351,3951,340
20014,53,4701,6451,820
20025,65,9451,2204,725
1 Figures are rounded to the nearest five.
2 Unaccompanied at point of arrival and not known to be joining a close relative in the United Kingdom.
3 Figures exclude age dispute cases reported by Asylum Cases Information Database (A-CID).
4 Figures exclude cases lodged at Local Enforcement Offices (LEO) and postal applications.
5 Provisional figures.
6 Figures not comparable to manual count data previous to 2002, which excluded LEO and postal applications, which are now reported by A-CID.
Information on asylum applications from unaccompanied asylum seeking children is published annually in the statistical bulletin, "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom", a copy of which is available in the Library, and from the RDS website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html