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Asylum

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of failed asylum seekers (a) living in the UK and (b) who were living in the UK in each of the last five years. (124070)

[holding answer 28 February 2007]: As the Home Secretary set out in his evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 23 May 2006, no Government have been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally, and that remains the case.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time was between final refusal and deportation for asylum seekers who exhausted all avenues of appeal in the latest period for which figures are available. (110846)

Since the abolition of embarkation controls in 1994 we cannot assess with any certainty the numbers of people who remain in the UK. In this context it is very difficult to provide an accurate average time it may take to remove those who have no right to remain here.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers his Department has recorded as missing from their last registered address in each of the last five years. (111220)

The information could be provided only by individual examination of case records and the cost of obtaining it would therefore be disproportionate.