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Immigration

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of stateless people who have arrived in the UK from (a) Africa, (b) Afghanistan, (c) the Middle East, (d) North and South America and (e) Asia. (271505)

[holding answer 27 April 2009]: The table contains details of the number of recorded admissions and grants of entry made at the UK Border to stateless nationals from 2004 to 2007. This is the latest period for which published information is available. Further information regarding the number of individuals granted entry in this category could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual records only at disproportionate cost.

The arrival routings of passengers entering the UK in this category are not routinely recorded. It is therefore not currently possible to provide accurate statistics on the embarkation points of stateless passengers who arrive in the UK.

Passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom recorded as stateless nationals by purpose of journey1, 2004-07—United Kingdom

Number of journeys

Total

Visitors

Passengers returning after a temporary absence abroad

Passengers in transit

Others given leave to enter

2004

78,455

18,330

54,070

2,380

3,675

2005

71,860

16,085

50,105

2,225

3,445

20062

64,830

15,615

43,945

2,205

3,065

20071,3

44,035

10,745

29,400

1,930

1,960

1 Excludes asylum related grants of leave to enter.

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

3 Provisional.

Notes:

1. May undercount as some administrative records on non-EEA nationals were unavailable for statistical analysis.

2. Data have been rounded to the nearest five.

This information has been taken from published Home Office Statistics which can be found at

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html