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Asylum: Iraq

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Iraqi and (b) Afghan nationals have (i) applied for and (ii) been granted asylum in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. (243672)

The Home Office publishes statistics on the number of applications received for asylum, and grants of asylum at initial decision, broken down by nationality. Initial decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same year.

The information is published in Table 2.1 (Applications received) and Table 3.1 (Cases granted asylum) of Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007 bulletin which is 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.