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Iraq: Refugees

Volume 693: debated on Wednesday 27 June 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What assessment they have made of the view expressed by the Government of Sweden that the Iraqi refugee crisis could be solved in part by the use of “pooled resettlement capacity” in the European Union; and what steps have been taken to resettle Iraqi refugees in the United Kingdom through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. [HL4439]

The UK has noted the proposal put forward by Sweden in respect of resettlement of Iraqi refugees. There is no co-ordinated EU-wide resettlement programme in place at the present time. We consider that it is up to each individual EU member state to determine what places (if any) it can make available. The UK is one of six EU member states that have a domestic resettlement programme.

All resettlement places for 2007 have been allocated. The Home Office is in discussion with the UNHCR about the feasibility of including a group of Iraqi refugees for resettlement within our 2008 gateway programme.

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

How many Iraqi asylum seekers have been granted (a) asylum, and (b) leave to remain in the United Kingdom each year since 2003, and how these figures compare with those of other European Union nations. [HL4440]

The tables attached show grants of asylum and subsidiary decisions for nationals of Iraq at initial decision and appeal for each year from 2003 to 2006. Other European nations’ asylum decision data are not collated by Immigration Research and Statistics and would involve disproportionate cost to extract from other sources.

Information on asylum decisions is published quarterly and annually. Copies of these publications are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.htm1.

Initial decisions (1) (2) on asylum applications, 2003-06, nationals of Iraq

Principal applicants

Iraq

Decisions

 

Total decisions

Grants of asylum

Grants of ELR

Grants of HP(3)

Grants of DL(3)

Total refusals

2003

6,805

70

2,105

*

45

4,580

2004

4,815

10

n/a

185

4,615

2005

1,835

5

n/a

10

150

1,675

2006 (P)

730

30

n/a

60

640

(1) Figures rounded to nearest 5, with * = 1 or 2.

(2) Information is of initial determination decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions.

(3) Humanitarian protection and discretionary leave replaced exceptional leave to remain from 1 April 2003.

(P) Provisional figures.

n/a: not applicable.

Appeals outcomes determined by the Immigration Appellate Authority/Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (1)(2)

Principal appellants

Appeals determined (3)

Iraq

Allowed (5)

Dismissed (5)

Withdrawn (5)(6)

Total determined (4)

Total

As % of determined

Total

As % of determined

Total

As % of determined

2003

5,400

490

9%

4,435

82%

475

9%

2004

6,645

275

4%

6,210

93%

160

2%

2005

2,845

160

6%

2,585

91%

100

3%

2006 (P)

755

115

15%

600

79%

40

5%

(1) Figures rounded to nearest 5 (except percentages), with * = 1 or 2. Figures may not add up due to independent rounding.

(2) The AIT was formed on 4 April 2005 and replaced the IAA.

(3) All figures for appeals determined are cases dealt with by adjudicators/immigration judges.

(4) Based on information supplied by the Ministry of Justice. Determinations do not necessarily relate to appeals received in the same period.

(5) Pre-4 April 2005 based on data supplied from the Presenting Officers Unit within the Home Office; 4 April 2005 onwards based on immigration and nationality electronic sources.

(6) Figures include cases withdrawn by the Home Office, as well as the appellant.

(P) Provisional figures.