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Asylum/Immigration

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on returning Tamil asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement. (94885)

All asylum and human rights applications from Tamils are considered by the Home Office on their individual merits, in accordance with our obligations under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and against the background of the latest available objective country of origin information.

In common with other failed asylum seekers, Tamils found not to be in need of international protection after consideration of their case, and who have exhausted any appeal rights they might have within the UK, are expected to leave the UK and may have their removal enforced.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the nationalities were of applicants for leave to remain in the UK in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06. (95065)

The requested information is contained in the lists.

In-country applications for all leave to remain categories in the UK by nationality for the following dates:

1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belize

Benin

Bolivia

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Citizen

British National (Overseas)

British Overseas Citizen

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia (Kampuchea)

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China (Peoples Republic of China)

Colombia

Congo

Congo Democratic Republic

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus (excluding Turkish Republic of North Cyprus)

Czech Republic

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

Fiji

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Grenada

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Honduras

Hong Kong SAR of China (Holder of Certificate of Identity or Document of Identity)

Hong Kong SAR of China (Holder of Special Administrative Region Passport)

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivôire)

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea (North)

Korea (South)

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya (Arab Republic)

Lithuania

Macau

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)

Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Moldova

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar (Burma)

Namibia

Nationality currently unknown

Nationality unknown officially designated as Stateless

Nauru

Nepal

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Samoa

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Serbia and Montenegro

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia

Somalia

South Africa

Spain

Sri Lanka

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Sudan

Surinam

Swaziland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Togo

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Nations Other

United States of America

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Yugoslavia

Zambia

Zimbabwe

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belize

Benin

Bolivia

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Citizen

British National (Overseas)

British Overseas Citizen

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia (Kampuchea)

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Chad

Chile

China (Peoples Republic of China)

Colombia

Congo

Congo Democratic Republic

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus (excluding Turkish Republic of North Cyprus)

Czech Republic

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

Fiji

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Grenada

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Honduras

Hong Kong SAR of China (Holder of Certificate of Identity or Document of Identity)

Hong Kong SAR of China (Holder of Special Administrative Region Passport)

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivôire)

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea (North)

Korea (South)

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya (Arab Republic)

Lithuania

Macau

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)

Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Moldova

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar (Burma)

Namibia

Nationality currently unknown

Nationality unknown officially designated as Stateless

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Samoa

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Serbia and Montenegro

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Stateless Refugee—Defined 1951 Convention

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Sudan

Swaziland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Togo

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United States of America

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Yemen

Yugoslavia

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Source:

Business Objects refreshed 18 October 2006

The information contained in the lists refers to main applicants only, not their dependants and is based on figures being rounded up to the nearest 10. This information has not been quality assured, is not a National Statistic and should be treated as provisional management information.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what power his proposed advisory group on immigration will have to recommend limits on the issuing of work permits under the proposed points-based system for migration; whether the issuing of work permits will be affected in any other way by his proposed advisory group; and what plans he has to change the proposals contained in “Controlling our Borders: Making Migration Work for Britain”. (95221)

We will consult shortly on the establishment of a Migration Advisory Committee, which would advise Government on where in the economy migration might sensibly fill skills gaps. We will make clear when we consult on the committee what we think its remit should be, including how it relates to the proposals for a skills advisory body set out in “Controlling our Borders: Making Migration Work for Britain”.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases there are where the time period for exceptional leave to remain (ELR) has expired, an application for indefinite leave to remain has been made prior to the expiry of the ELR, but where the application has not yet been determined; what the average length of time was to reach a decision upon such an application in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (94974)

The information is not available in the format requested and could be obtained by examination of individual records only at a disproportionate cost.