Skip to main content

Asylum Seekers

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants whose applications have been refused and whose appeal rights have been exhausted have had their claims reconsidered on the basis of further representations in each year since 1997; what criteria are used in deciding whether to allow claims to be reconsidered; what estimate has been made of the number of such applicants eligible to have their claims reconsidered; what the average time taken to conduct such reconsideration has been in each year; when such reconsiderations commenced; what the effect is on the status of applicants of having their claims reconsidered; and how many such reconsiderations in each year have resulted in the grant of asylum status or other permission which results in the applicant being able legally to remain in the UK. (73787)

The information requested is not available and could be produced only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Nigerian, (b) Bangladeshi, (c) Pakistani, (d) Turkish and (e) Somali asylum seekers are living in the UK. (72907)

The information requested is not available in the format requested.

The following table shows the number of asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Turkey supported by NASS in the UK as at the end of March 2006.

Asylum seekers1,2,3 (including dependants) from Bangladesh, Nigeria. Pakistan, Somalia and Turkey supported by NASS in the UK as at the end of March 2006

In NASS accommodation

Receipt of subsistence only support

Total

Bangladesh

145

95

235

Nigeria

695

150

840

Pakistan

3,670

1,700

5,400

Somalia

2,415

1,245

3,660

Turkey

1,835

1,220

3,050

1 Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5 with * = 1 or 2. Figures may not sum due to rounding. 2 Excludes unaccompanied asylum seeking children supported by local authorities and cases that pre-date the establishment of NASS in April 2000, administered by local authorities under the Interim Provisions. 3 Excludes those in initial accommodation.