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Immigration: Appeals

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of appeals against determination by the UK Border Agency and its predecessors were successful in each of the last 10 years. (249925)

I have been asked to reply.

The latest figures are available from the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 2007 (“Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007”), which was published in August 2008. This bulletin indicates that, between 1998 and 2007, (a) 874,885 appeals were lodged with the asylum and immigration tribunal, or its jurisdictional predecessors, against decisions by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) 250,930 of those appeals were allowed (comprising asylum, in-country, entry clearance and other non-asylum cases). The bulletin only provides figures between the years of 1997 to 2007 as figures for 2008 are not yet available.

It should be noted that the following figures relate to immigration adjudicator/judge decisions and do not include immigration appeals tribunal decisions or asylum and immigration tribunal reconsiderations of appeals for each of the last 10 years as this information is not available in the published bulletin.

Total determined

Allowed

Proportion (percentage)

1998

38,200

5,200

14

1999

28,610

7,630

27

2000

27,130

5,960

22

2001

56,815

13,335

24

2002

84,260

21,910

26

2003

108,350

29,025

26

2004

109,220

34,245

31

2005

100,250

30,440

30

2006

167,310

54,860

32

2007

154,740

48,365

31

Total

874,885

250,930

29

Notes:

1. Prior to April 2005, the figures are based on data supplied by the Presenting Officers Unit within the Home Office. From April 2005 the figures are based on information supplied by the Ministry of Justice.

2. The figures for 1997, 1999, and 2000 are rounded to the nearest 10, figures for 1998 rounded to the nearest 100, and figures for 2001 onwards are rounded to the nearest five. All percentages are calculated by the Ministry of Justice using the figures contained in the bulletin and are rounded to the nearest whole number.

3. The bulletin states that some of the figures provided for 2005 and 2006 have been revised. It also states that the figures for 2007 are provisional only.