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Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Democratic Republic of Congo nationals (a) arrived in the UK as family reunion cases, (b) applied for asylum and (c) were granted asylum in each of the last 12 months. (257246)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: Annual statistics showing the categories under which passengers are granted leave to enter the United Kingdom can be found in chapter 2 of the Home Office publication “Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007.” This publication may be obtained from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosb1008.pdf.

The following table shows the asylum application and grants of asylum figures for nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the last 12 months that have been published. Figures are provisional and rounded to the nearest five.

Initial decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period.

Information on asylum is published annually and quarterly. Annual figures on principal asylum applications are available in Table 2.1 and on grants of asylum in Table 3.1 of Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007 published on 21 August 2008. Quarterly figures are available in the supplementary web tables published with the Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistics Summary. The Q4 2008 Quarterly Statistics Summary will be available on 24 February 2009 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 applications1 received in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, and initial decisions2, 3 on applications, October 2007 to September 2008, nationals of Dem. Rep. of Congo

Principal applicants

Dem. Rep. of Congo

Applications

Decisions

Total

Port

In country

Total decisions

of which grants of asylum

October 2007

35

5

25

20

5

November 2007

20

4

20

20

0

December 2007

30

10

20

15

5

January 2008

30

10

20

20

5

February 2008

40

5

35

20

5

March 2008

30

10

25

20

5

April 2008

25

5

25

25

5

May 2008

30

10

25

20

4

June 2008

25

5

20

25

10

July 2008

20

5

15

25

10

August 2008

15

0

15

25

5

September 2008

25

5

20

15

4

Total

330

70

260

250

50

1 Provisional figures rounded to nearest 5.

2 Information is of initial decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.

3 Initial decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period.

4 1 or 2.

Source:

Home Office, Migration Statistics

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment has been made of the safety of people returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo under immigration legislation. (257248)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: On 3 December 2008 the Court of Appeal upheld an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal finding that there is no evidence that failed asylum seekers who are returned from the UK to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face a general risk on return. The UK Border Agency continuously monitors the situation in asylum intake countries and is not aware of any subsequent allegations of ill-treatment of returnees to the DRC.