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Unaccompanied Children

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied children have entered the UK in each of the last three years; how many of them have (a) been returned immediately to their country of origin, (b) been granted indefinite leave to remain and (c) entered the UK and subsequently been returned to their country of origin as the result of a failed asylum claim; and what proportion (c) were (i) under 18 years and (ii) over 18 years at the time of their deportation. (82616)

[holding answer 5 July 2006]: Information relating to the number of unaccompanied children who have entered the UK and subsequently been returned to their country of origin as a result of a failed asylum claim is unavailable and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Information on asylum applications and initial decisions for unaccompanied children is published quarterly and annually. Copies are available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.