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Population Statistics: South-west

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum seekers, (b) immigrants and (c) migrant workers have settled in the South West region in each of the last five years. (104535)

[holding answer 28 November 2006]: Statistics on the location of asylum seekers in the UK are linked to the available information on the support that the asylum seeker receives. The number of asylum seekers in receipt of support from IND is published on a quarterly and annual basis, broken down by Government office region and local authority. The latest publication covering the third quarter of 2006 is available on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html. Further breakdowns by parliamentary constituency are also available from the Library of the House.

It is not possible to say how many people were granted indefinite leave to remain (settlement) in the South West region. Statistics relating to persons granted settlement in the United Kingdom are published annually in Command Papers entitled "Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom". These publications are available from the Library of the House and via the Home Office website, http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html