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UK Passport Holders

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK passport holders live in (a) Bangladesh, (b) Pakistan, (c) Nigeria and (d) Ghana. (76351)

We estimate that:

approximately 10,000 British nationals live permanently in Bangladesh and hold a British passport;

approximately 16,000 British nationals live permanently in Nigeria and hold a British passport;

approximately 35,000 British nationals live permanently in Pakistan and hold a British passport;

approximately 6,500 British nationals live permanently in Ghana and hold a British passport.

These figures are based on passport issues at our high commissions in Dhaka, Islamabad and Accra and our deputy high commission in Lagos respectively. The actual figures for Bangladesh and Pakistan however could be as high as 100,000 and 80,000 respectively, as many Bangladeshis and Pakistanis are dual nationals who obtain a passport in the UK but live for a large part of the year in Bangladesh or Pakistan.