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Immigration: Somalia

Volume 493: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Somali nationals were granted entry into the UK in each of the last three years. (276256)

The latest available statistics on the number of Somali nationals granted entry to the United Kingdom are for 2005 to 2007 and are given in the table. Data for 2008 are scheduled for publication in August 2009.

The information shown is based on landing card information and may include the same individuals more than once if they visited the United Kingdom on multiple occasions in the period.

Statistics on passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom by purpose of journey and nationality are published annually in table 2.3 of the Home Office publications “Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom” which are available in the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

Somali nationals given leave to enter the United Kingdom, 2005-07

Passengers admitted

Number of journeys







1 Due to some gaps in the data from ports, estimates have been used.

2 May understate due to some administrative records on non-EEA nationals being unavailable for statistical analysis. The explanatory notes and definitions in the “Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2007” gives further details.

3 Provisional.


Data rounded to three significant figures.