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Asylum: Iraq

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of applications for asylum by former Iraqi locally employed civilians were rejected for having failed to amass 12 months’ continuous service; and how many such applications fell short by periods of one month or under. (298611)

I have been asked to reply.

Over 50 per cent. of all applications received from former members of the locally engaged staff have failed because the applicant did not meet the criteria set out in my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary’s written ministerial statement of 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 30WS.

Of these, the majority failed because the applicant had not completed 12 months’ continuous service. Other reasons for failure were that the employment was not directly with the Government; the employment did not fall within the stated categories; or the applicant had been dismissed for disciplinary reasons.

The information on numbers of those who failed because they had one month or less required service is not held centrally and would involve searching over 600 paper files held by four employing Departments. This could be done only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of former Iraqi locally employed civilians who have applied for asylum in the UK remain outstanding. (298614)

As of 2 November 2009, the UK Border Agency is considering the applications of 35 former Iraqi locally employed civilians for resettlement to the UK.

These data are normally used for management information only and are not subject to the detailed checks that apply to National Statistics publications. These data are provisional and may be subject to change.