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Asylum

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been refused asylum or leave to remain in the UK but cannot be removed because (a) they are from a country to which removals are not being enforced and (b) his Department has not been able to obtain travel documents to enable their return since the Case Resolution Directorate was set up; and how many of those people are residing in the UK without a right to work or recourse to public funds. (288711)

It is not possible to compile data on the number of people who fall into the requested categories after the refusal of their case. While the UK Border Agency produces regular statistics on the number of cases concluded over a specified period of time (the chief executive of the UK Border Agency, Lin Homer, updates the Home Affairs Select Committee twice a year on work to clear the historic backlog of unresolved asylum cases by summer 2011; a copy of Ms Homer's letter of 7 July 2009 is in the Library of the House), a case is only regarded as 'concluded' at the

point where the individual/s has/have either been granted some form of leave or been removed from the UK. To extract data on the number of applications (including both asylum and non-asylum case types) which have been refused but not yet concluded would require the detailed examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers in receipt of housing and financial support have waited more than one year for an initial interview; and if he will make a statement. (289989)

The UK Border Agency does not collate data on the length of time that asylum seekers have to wait for their asylum interview to take place. This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost by undertaking a search of case records relating to all applications by supported asylum seekers which remain outstanding at the present time.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of Christian asylum seekers have been granted asylum in each of the last five years; (291502)

(2) what percentage of Muslim asylum seekers have been granted asylum in each of the last five years.

The available management information on the percentage of initial decisions which were grants of asylum on applications for asylum made by people recorded as being Christian or Muslim is given in the following table:

Asylum grants as percentage of initial decisions, 2007-091

Percentage

2007

2008

20091

Applicants who are Christian

26

26

25

Applicants who are Muslim

17

13

11

1 January to date. Note: Figures relate to initial decisions in these years based on first time main asylum applicants only. Religion is based on information ascertained from the applicant. Christian and Muslim figures are based on all practices within each faith. The percentage figures represent asylum (Refugee Leave) grants only and exclude Humanitarian Protection and Discretionary Leave. Asylum grants could have been made on any of the criteria in the 1951 UN Refugee Convention—i.e. not restricted to religious persecution.

These figures are compiled from internal management information and do not constitute part of National Statistics as they are based on internal management information. The information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols, should be treated as provisional and is subject to change.