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Immigration: Turkey

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of Turkey have had their applications for permanent leave to remain (a) considered and (b) granted under the provisions of the European Community Association Agreement in each year since the inception of the agreement. (178330)

Since 2000 48 Turkish citizens have had applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) under the provisions of the European Community Association Agreement considered with 34 (71 per cent.) of these granted.

The following table provides annual breakdown of applications.

1973-99

2000-03

2004

2005

2006

2007

20081

Total

Considered

2

0

2

3

4

38

1

48

Granted

2

0

0

0

2

31

1

34

Percentage granted

0

0

0

50

82

100

71

1 January only.

2 Data unavailable.

Note:

The figures quoted are ‘not’ provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

Full information on all decisions relating to Turkish nationals making applications for the period May 2005 to December 2006 under terms of the agreement was published by the Home Office in February 2007 in “European Community Association Agreements Statistics for Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey to 31 December 2006”. A copy of this report will be placed in the House Library.