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Asylum Applications And Appeal Outcomes

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many people were refused asylum in England and Wales in each year since 1990; how many of these in each year were subsequently granted (a) refugee status or (b) exceptional leave to remain; and what percentages these figures represent of those refused asylum in the year concerned; and [HL 3139]How many asylum appeals were withdrawn because the Home Office conceded the case in each year since 1990. [HL 3140]

The available information regarding asylum applications refused, 1990 to 1997, and asylum adjudicator appeal outcomes, 1994 to 1997 is given in the table. I regret that equivalent information on asylum appeals prior to 1994, appeals withdrawn because the Home Office conceded the case and grants of asylum or exceptional leave following an initial refusal, could only be obtained through the examination of individual case files and, therefore, at disproportionate allowed to enable a full medical examination to sustain, or otherwise, this claim. [HL 3246]

The normal time limit for the submission of further material by an asylum applicant following interview may be extended where there are exceptional circumstances, and such circumstances could, depending on the case, include the need to obtain a medical report.