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Asylum: Somalia

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons from Somalia applied to enter the UK for the purposes of seeking asylum in each of the last 10 years. (228206)

Information on the number of persons from Somalia who applied to enter the UK for the purposes of seeking asylum in each of the last 10 years is published in Table 2.1 of Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007 available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate web site at:

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

For convenience the table is shown as follows:

Applications1 received for asylum in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, by country of nationality, 1998 to 2007, Somalia

Number

1998

4,685

1999

7,495

2000

5,020

2001

6,420

2002

6,540

2003

5,090

2004

2,585

2005

1,760

2006

1,845

2007

1,615

P = Provisional figures.

n/a = Not applicable.

1 Figures rounded to the nearest five (- = 0, * = one or 2).

Note:

1 May exclude some cases lodged at local enforcement offices between January 1999 and March 2000.