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Asylum Seekers

Volume 622: debated on Wednesday 14 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many asylum seekers living in London or the Home Counties have been required in recent months to travel for interviews at offices in the North of England. [HL305]

In an eight-week period, 18 December 2000 to 9 February 2001, out of 7,478 applicants substantively interviewed in Liverpool and Leeds, 6,427 (86 per cent) were from London and the Home Counties.During the same period 671 asylum screening interviews were also completed in Liverpool and Leeds. Information is not available to identify what proportion of applicants who attended for screening were from London and the Home Counties.