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Asylum: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have qualified for an integration loan from the UK Border Agency under (a) refugee status and (b) humanitarian protection criteria in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008. (254444)

Between 11 June 2007 (when the integration loan scheme started) and the end of December 2008 a total of 1,137 loan applicants have been awarded a loan. 383 loans were awarded in 2007 and 754 in 2008.

The integration loan is available to those granted refugee status, humanitarian protection or those granted leave as a dependant of such individuals. Consideration of eligibility takes into account these factors and does not differentiate between whether an applicant has been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection. We therefore do not collect statistics on the immigration status of successful loan applicants.