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Deportation: Afghanistan

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people whose asylum claims had failed were deported to Afghanistan in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (142270)

Information on the destination of persons removed from the UK has only been collated since 2004. The table shows provisional figures rounded to the nearest five persons, who had claimed asylum at some stage, who were removed from the United Kingdom to Afghanistan between January 2004 and March 2007, inclusive.

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

Deportations are a specific subset of removals; most illegal immigrants are removed under administrative or illegal entry powers from the UK and not deported. It has therefore been assumed that your question refers to the number of asylum applicants removed to Afghanistan; information on those deported is not separately available.

The information provided comes from published statistics, which are available from the Home Office’s Research, Development and Statistics website at:

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

Removals and voluntary departures1,2 of asylum applicants, including dependants, to Afghanistan, January 2004 to March 2007

Destination

2004

20053,4

20063,4

January to March 20073,4

Afghanistan

575

910

970

255

1 Includes persons departing ‘voluntarily’ after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under assisted voluntary return programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration and removals on safe third country grounds.

2 Figures have been rounded to the nearest five and may not sum due to rounding.

3 Figures since 2005 include those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.

4 Provisional figures.

Note:

Destination data as recorded on source database.