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Asylum: Zimbabwe

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Zimbabwean nationals were refused asylum in the UK in each of the last 12 months; and how many are awaiting a decision on an asylum application. (228481)

The following table gives the most recently published figures available and shows the total number of refusals for Zimbabwean nationals, following initial decisions between July 2007 and June 2008.

The published figure for asylum applications split by nationality for people awaiting an initial decision is not available as the figures are based on an overall manual count which is not broken down into separate categories.

Information on asylum is published annually and quarterly. Annual Statistics for 2007 and quarterly statistics for 2008 are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at:

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

Asylum refusals on initial decisions1, 2 in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants July 2007 to June 2008 by month, nationals of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Total refusals

2007

July

135

August

85

September

65

October

85

November

105

December

70

2008

January

80

February

100

March

90

April

175

May

200

June

255

1 Figures rounded to nearest 5.

2 Provisional figures.