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Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo in each of the last five years. (290015)

The following table shows the number of asylum cases who were removed or departed voluntarily from the United Kingdom to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between January 2004 and March 2009.

Figures for the second quarter of 2009 was published on 27 August 2009.

During 2008, enforced removals of asylum cases to the Democratic Republic of Congo were deferred until a Court of Appeal judgment, which was handed down on 3 December.

Published statistics on immigration and asylum 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

Removals and voluntary departures1 of asylum cases2 to the Democratic Republic of Congo, January 2004 to March 2009

Number of departures3, 4

2004

2005

2006

20075

20085

January to March 20095

Principal asylum cases6

15

40

105

120

40

20

Of which:

Nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo

15

35

95

115

35

15

Other nationals

10

10

5

5

*

Dependant asylum cases

*

10

30

5

5

Of which:

Nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo

10

30

5

5

Other nationals

*

Total asylum cases

15

45

115

145

45

20

Of which:

Nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo

15

35

105

140

40

20

Other nationals

10

10

5

5

*

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

2 Includes persons departing voluntarily after notifying the UK Border Agency of their intention to leave prior to their departure, persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration and since January 2005, persons who it has been established left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.

3 Removals and voluntary departures recorded on the system as at the dates on which the data extracts were taken.

4 Destination as recorded on source database.

5 Provisional figures. Figures will under record due to data cleansing and data matching exercises that take place after the extracts are taken.

6 Figures exclude dependants.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum from residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been rejected in each of the last five years. (290016)

Asylum information on residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo is unavailable. However, the number of principal asylum applicants, who were refused asylum at initial decision, from nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo were 1,540 in 2004, 985 in 2005, 470 in 2006, 315 in 2007 and 185 in 2008 (figures are rounded to the nearest five and 2007 and 2008 are provisional).

Information on asylum decisions is published annually and quarterly. The latest version was published on 27 August 2009 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