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Asylum: Repatriation

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adult and (b) child asylum seekers have been removed from the UK by the Third Country Unit under the provisions of the Dublin Regulation EC No. 343/2003 to date. (320864)

[holding answer 5 March 2010]: The Dublin Regulation came into force in September 2003.

The following figures show numbers removed since the beginning of 2004. They are based on local management information and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply to National Statistics publications.

Adults

Dependent children

Unaccompanied children1

Total removals

2004

823

5

79

907

2005

1,444

52

103

1,599

2006

1,415

41

51

1,507

2007

1,066

8

40

1,114

2008

1,191

3

25

1,219

2009

956

2

36

994

1 This figure relates to the child’s age at the point of removal. Some cases begin the Dublin Regulation process as a child but due to the length of time it takes to progress their cases at the point of removal they have become an adult.