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Asylum: Afghanistan

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Afghan nationals are seeking asylum. (291828)

In last full year for which the statistics are available (2008), 3,505 principal applicants from Afghanistan applied for asylum. 2008 figures are provisional.

Information on asylum applications is published annually and quarterly in the Control of Immigration statistical bulletins. Copies of these publications are 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

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Afghan nationals have been given permission to remain in the UK in each of the last five years. (291829)

The following tables show the number of Afghan nationals given permission to stay in each of the last five years (2004 to 2008), according to their immigration status (i.e. asylum-related grants, grants of an extension of leave to remain and grants of settlement).

Further statistics on immigration control are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

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

Table 1: Asylum grants1, 2 on initial decision3 for nationals of Afghanistan

Grants of asylum

Grants of humanitarian protection

Grants of discretionary leave

Total

2004

35

10

410

450

2005

30

20

445

500

2006

40

*

760

805

2007

85

10

790

885

20084

100

10

875

990

1 Figures rounded to the nearest 5 (— = 0, * = 1 or 2) and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.

2 Excludes dependants.

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

4 Provisional.

Table 2: Grants of an extension of leave to remain1, 2 in the United Kingdom for nationals of Afghanistan

Number of grants

2004

165

2005

125

2006

155

2007

355

20083

425

1 Figures rounded to the nearest 5 (— = 0, * = 1 or 2).

2 Excludes dependants of principal applicants, asylum related decisions and withdrawn applications.

3 Provisional.

Note:

Includes reconsideration cases and the outcome of appeals.

Table 3: Grants of settlement1, 2, 3, 4 in the United Kingdom for nationals of Afghanistan

Number of persons

2004

1,405

2005

9,215

2006

7,395

2007

3,165

20085

2,915

1 Figures rounded to the nearest 5 (— = 0, * = 1 or 2).

2 Includes dependants, reconsideration cases and the outcome of appeals.

3 Also includes asylum-related cases and therefore may include persons counted in Table 1.

4 Data from 2003 exclude dependants of EEA and Swiss nationals in confirmed relationships granted permanent residence.

5 Provisional.