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Entry Clearances

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ancestral visas were issued in the last five years for which figures are available; and what the countries of origin were of the applicants to which they were issued. (196957)

Figures for ancestral visas are only available for the last four years and are as follows:

Nationality

2004

2005

2006

2007

Grand total

Australia

4,230

4,742

4,548

3,779

17,299

New Zealand

2,165

2,092

2,247

2,064

8,568

South Africa

2,036

2,299

2,045

1,722

8,102

Canada

514

585

556

518

2,173

Zimbabwe

344

290

257

218

1,109

India

26

30

24

21

101

Zambia

15

19

10

9

53

Kenya

9

11

6

7

33

Sri Lanka

5

11

3

4

23

Ghana

7

5

3

5

20

Tanzania

1

1

8

8

18

Malawi

1

10

2

3

16

Trinidad and Tobago

3

5

6

2

16

Uganda

4

3

5

4

16

Nigeria

2

2

5

4

13

Botswana

2

4

1

4

11

Malaysia

7

1

2

1

11

Jamaica

1

5

4

0

10

Namibia

7

3

0

0

10

Pakistan

1

4

1

1

7

Bangladesh

0

2

3

0

5

Mauritius

2

0

1

2

5

Barbados

1

2

1

0

4

Thailand

4

0

0

0

4

United States

1

2

1

0

4

Guyana

0

3

0

0

3

Mozambique

1

1

0

1

3

St. Lucia

0

3

0

0

3

Bahamas

0

2

0

0

2

British overseas citizen

1

1

0

0

2

Sierra Leone

1

1

0

0

2

Singapore

1

1

0

0

2

Swaziland

0

0

0

2

2

Austria

0

0

1

0

1

Belize

1

0

0

0

1

Cameroon

0

1

0

0

1

Central African Republic

1

0

0

0

1

China

0

1

0

0

1

Fiji

0

0

1

0

1

Malta

1

0

0

0

1

Mauritania

0

1

0

0

1

Nepal

1

0

0

0

1

Romania

1

0

0

0

1

Russia

0

0

0

1

1

Grand total

9,397

10,143

9,741

8,380

37,661

Notes:

1. Date range 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2007

2. These statistics have not been published and should be used for informational purposes. All data are based on UK ancestry—employment only

Source:

MSR Search

Date: 26 March 2008