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Afghanistan

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from Afghanistan have moved to the UK in each of the last five years; and how many have returned to Afghanistan in the same period. (94131)

Information on the number of Afghanistan nationals given leave to enter the United Kingdom, together with those returned voluntarily or following enforcement action, has only been available since 2004.

The available information is in the following table:

No data are available on the total number of persons who return to their country of origin.

Passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom by purpose of journey: Afghanistan nationals, 2004 to 2005

United Kingdom

Number of journeys

Purpose of journey

2004

2005

Visitors

1,870

1,700

Students

75

80

Work permit holders (inc. dependants)

15

25

Admitted as a spouse or fiancé(e)

300

385

Passengers in transit

265

285

Passengers returning after a temporary absence

5,660

4,280

Others given leave to enter

725

970

Accepted for settlement on arrival

70

180

Refugees, exceptional leave cases and their dependants1

10

10

1 Excluding such persons given temporary admission and grants made under the Family ILR exercise. Data rounded to three significant figures or the nearest five where appropriate, as such components may not sum to the totals shown.

Removals, voluntary departures and assisted returns of nationals of Afghanistan, to Afghanistan, in 2004 and 20051, 2

Number of persons

United Kingdom

2004

2005

Total persons removed

590

930

Of whom:

Removals and voluntary departures3, 4, 5

360

505

Left under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes6

230

425

1 Figures rounded to the nearest five and may not sum due to rounding. 2 Provisional figures. 3 Removal figures in 2005 include 10 persons who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. 4 Includes persons refused entry at port and subsequently removed, enforced removals and persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them. 5 Excludes Assisted Voluntary Returns. 6 Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration. May include some on-entry cases and some cases where enforcement action has been initiated.