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Asylum: Children

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum-seeking children below the age of 18 years old are without parents or guardians. (245286)

An unaccompanied asylum seeking child (UASC) is defined as a person who at the time of making an asylum application is under 18, or who, in the absence of documentary evidence establishing age, appears to be under that age; is applying for asylum in his or her own right and; is separated from both parents and is not being cared for by an adult who by law or custom has responsibility to do so.

Information is published in table 2.3 of the annual publication, which gives details of UASCs aged 17 or under, who applied for asylum by country of nationality. Annual Statistics on UASCs, 2005-07, are available in the latest annual publication Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007, which is held in 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