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Immigration

Volume 718: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many travellers arriving in the United Kingdom in each of the last 12 months have been refused entry at the border; and how many of those have claimed asylum. [HL2957]

Our records show almost 22,000 incidents of persons being refused entry to the UK at the border between 1 March 2009 and 28 February 2010. Of these, 425 claimed asylum. This is in addition to 29,000 incidents of persons who attempted to enter the UK illegally but were thwarted by officers at juxtaposed controls.

The monthly breakdown is as follows*:

Month

Total number of refusals at UK border

Number of which claimed asylum

March 09

1,877

37

April 09

1,750

30

May 09

1,993

34

June 09

1,891

40

July 09

1,902

29

August 09

1,924

37

September 09

1,917

44

October 09

1,864

35

November 09

1,619

51

December 09

1,869

45

January 10

1,697

24

February 10

1,696

19

Total

21,999

425

* Data are management information and are from a live database. They have not been subject to the detailed checks required for National Statistics.