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Asylum Seekers

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers were deported after having completed a community service order in each of the last five years. (104542)

The information requested is notheld centrally by the immigration and nationality directorate and to provide it would involve an individual examination of case records at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries refuse to issue return travel documents to failed asylum seekers due for removal from the UK. (106772)

The Home Office does not disclose the immigration status of immigration offenders when applying for return travel documents to foreign Governments. I am therefore unable to indicate whether any countries might refuse to issue documents on these grounds.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers (a) returned voluntarily and (b) were returned forcibly between 1 January 2006 and 30 September 2006 to (i) Democratic Republic of Congo, (ii) Eritrea, (iii) Iran, (iv) Sudan and (v) Zimbabwe. (106773)

The following table shows the number of principal asylum applicants removed from the UK in the first three quarters of 2006, broken down by type of removal and destination.

It is not possible to say at what stage in the asylum process people are at the time of their removal, because those departing voluntarily can do so at any stage.

Published statistics on immigration and asylumare available on the Home Office's Research and Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Removals, voluntary departures and assisted returns1 of asylum applicants2, excluding dependants, nationals of Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Iran quarter 1 to quarter 3, 20063,4Number of principal applicantsNationalityQ12006Q22006Q3 2006Q1-Q3 totalDemocratic Republicof CongoTotal principal asylum applicants removed225353085Of whom:removed to Democratic Republic of Congo 15202050removed to other and destination unknown10151035Persons removed and voluntary departures5,615202560Of whom:removed to Democratic Republic of Congo10101540removed to other and destination unknown510520Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes7515525Of whom:removed to Democratic Republic of Congo510*15removed to other and destination unknown55510 EritreaTotal principal asylum applicants removed265105140310Of whom:removed to Eritrea*——*removed to other and destination unknown65105140310Persons removed and voluntary departures5,665105135310Of whom:removed to Eritrea*——*removed to other and destination unknown65105135310Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes7——**Of whom:removed to Eritrea————removed to other and destination unknown——**IranTotal principal asylum applicants removed2165195135495Of whom:removed to Iran9511585295removed to other and destination unknown758050200Persons removed and voluntary departures5,6756575210Of whom:removed to Iran30303595removed to other and destination unknown453540115Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes79513060285Of whom:removed to Iran658550200removed to other and destination unknown304510851 Includes enforced removals, persons departing ‘voluntarily’ after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration and those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.2 Figures rounded to the nearest five, with — = 0, * = one or two, and may not sum due to rounding.3 Persons who had sought asylum at some stage, excluding dependants.4 Provisional figures.5 Includes persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them and those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.6 Excludes Assisted Voluntary Returns.7 Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration. May include some cases where enforcement action has been initiated.