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Asylum: Children

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the UK in each year between 1997 and 2006. (126079)

The following table shows the total numbers of asylum applications received from unaccompanied asylum seeking children for each year between 1997 and 2006.

Further information on unaccompanied asylum seeking children is published quarterly and annually. Copies of these publications and others relating to immigration to the UK are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

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

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children applications1, 2, 3, 4, 5 received in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, 1997-2006

Total UASC applications

1997

1,100

1998

3,035

1999

3,350

2000

2,735

2001

3,470

2002

6,200

2003

3,180

2004

2,990

2005 6

2,965

2006 6

2,850

1 Figures rounded to nearest 5.

2 Figures exclude cases where the age of the applicant is disputed.

3 An unaccompanied asylum seeking child (UASC) is an individual who is under 18 (or if there is no proof is determined to be under 18), and is applying for asylum in his/her own right; and is separated from both parents and not being cared for by an adult who by law or custom has responsibility to do so.

4 Figures exclude age dispute cases.

5 Data obtained from electronic sources from 2002 and not comparable with prior manual counts.

6 Provisional figures.