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Asylum: Children

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied minors have arrived in the country seeking asylum in each year since 1999; and how many of them were granted asylum. (313613)

The table shows the number of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) applications, initial decisions and grants of asylum, Exceptional Leave to Remain (ELR), Humanitarian Protection (HP) and Discretionary Leave (DL) between 1999 and September 2009. Statistics on UASC asylum decisions and outcomes until 2002 are not available. Figures only include initial decisions on UASC asylum applications and not any later asylum decisions (e.g. after appeal).

Information on asylum applications is published annually in the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom bulletin which 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

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children applications1, 2, 3 received in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, and initial decisions4 on applications by year, all nationals

Applications

Total decisions4

Grants of asylum

Grants of ELR5

Grants of HP5

Grants of DL5

Total

Port

In-country

Number

Total granted

Total ELR

Total HP

Total DL

1999

3,350

1,500

1,850

6

6

6

7

7

2000

2,735

1,395

1,340

6

6

6

7

7

2001

3,470

1,645

1,820

6

6

6

7

7

2002

6,200

1,240

4,955

6,990

585

4,830

7

7

2003

3,180

645

2,535

3,835

150

1,255

15

1,525

2004

2,990

540

2,455

3,440

85

7

20

2,505

2005

2,965

445

2,520

2,835

150

7

20

1,965

2006

3,450

395

3,055

2,880

195

7

10

1,960

2007

3,645

480

3,165

3,385

445

7

15

1,780

20088

4,285

380

3,905

3,375

335

7

15

1,795

January-September 20098

2,400

200

2,200

2,645

265

7

15

1,490

1 Figures are rounded to the nearest five and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.

2 Figures exclude cases where the age of the applicant is disputed.

3 An Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child (UASC) is a person under 18, or who, in the absence of documentary evidence establishing age, appears to be under that age; is applying for asylum in his or her own right and; is separated from both parents and is not being cared for by an adult who by law or custom has responsibility to do so.

4 The year of asylum application may not be the same as the year of initial asylum decision.

5 Humanitarian Protection (HP) and Discretionary Leave (DL) replaced Exceptional Leave to Remain (ELR) from 1 April 2003.

6 Not available.

7 Not applicable.

8 Provisional figures.