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Asylum: Zimbabwe

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of Zimbabwean nationals resident in the UK (a) in total and (b) with (i) asylum seeker status or exceptional leave to remain and (ii) a valid visa or other form of permission on the latest date for which figures are available. (257756)

The Office for National Statistics collects data on nationality through the Annual Population Survey (APS). Estimates from the APS for the April 2007 to March 2008 period show that there were 63,000 Zimbabwean nationals in the UK.

Information is not available from the Home Office on Zimbabwean nationals in the UK (b) with (i) asylum seeker status or exceptional leave to remain and (ii) a valid visa or other form of permission as a person may leave the UK voluntarily without informing the UK Border Agency.

Information on immigration and asylum flows is published annually and quarterly and 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