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Asylum: Zimbabwe

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Zimbabwean and (b) Darfuri asylum seekers of each (i) age group and (ii) sex are in each UK immigration removal centre; and how long each has been there. (219964)

[holding answer 21 July 2008]: The following table shows the number of Zimbabwean and Sudanese asylum seekers (including dependants) detained solely under Immigration Act powers as at 29 March 2008, broken down by centre and sex; all detainees were adults.

Following a change in the system in which information is collected, published statistics on all persons detained under sole Immigration Act powers by length of detention are not available.

The UK Border Agency does not electronically record the region from which asylum applicants originate; this information would only be available by examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

It is therefore not possible to say how many Darfuri asylum seekers are in immigration detention centres.

Further national statistics on persons detained solely under Immigration Act powers are available from the Library of the House and the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html

The decision to detain is made on a case by case basis and may be appropriate in one or more of the following circumstances: to effect removal; to establish a person's identity and claim; where a person presents a risk of abscond or where the application is capable of being considered quickly.

Zimbabwean and Sudanese adult1 asylum seekers2 recorded as being detained in Immigration Service Removal Centres in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers as at 29 March 2008, by place of detention and sex3

Number of individuals

Zimbabwean nationals detained

Sudanese nationals detained

Place of detention

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

Immigration Service Removal Centres

Campsfield House

*

*

*

*

Colnbrook Long Term

5

5

5

5

Dover Immigration Removal Centre

5

5

*

*

Dungavel

*

*

5

5

5

Harmondsworth

*

*

*

*

Haslar

5

5

*

*

Lindholme

*

*

Oakington Reception Centre

*

*

*

*

Tinsley House

*

*

*

*

Yarl's Wood

*

*

Total

5

25

30

20

20

1 Persons recorded as being aged 18 or over as at 29 March 2008. 2 Persons detained under Immigration Act powers who are recorded as having sought asylum at some stage, including dependants. 3 Figures rounded to the nearest five, (— = 0, * = 1 or 2), may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding and exclude persons detained under both criminal and immigration powers.