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Asylum Seekers

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers with HIV/AIDS have been refused support as a result of not claiming asylum on arrival at UK ports of entry since 8 January. [97093]

Beverley Hughes: Information of this nature is not collected about asylum claimants.

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that asylum claimants are made aware of the consequences of a failure to claim asylum at ports of entry immediately on arrival in the UK. [97094]

Beverley Hughes: In order to provide advance publicity of the implementation of Section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 I made a Ministerial Statement on 28 November 2002, with a press release being issued on the same day. The press release was also issued to the foreign media in the United Kingdom and to the media in countries where we receive a high number of asylum applicants. A further press release was issued on 7 January 2003 and this resulted in further in-depth and comprehensive media coverage within the United Kingdom.

In addition, since 10 December 2002, posters advertising the change in policy have been displayed in arrival halls at major ports and airports. Further copies have also been displayed in the voluntary sector offices such as Migrant Helpline and the Refugee Arrivals Project.

Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum in this country have been received from (a) single Afghan males, (b) Afghan females and (c) Afghan families since November 2001. [97226]

Beverley Hughes: The numbers of Afghan single male, female and family asylum applications since November 2001 are not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The total number of applications from Afghans (excluding dependants) since November 2001 is given in the table.

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Asylum applications(12) received in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, by month, nationals of Afghanistan

TotalPortIn Country
May 750115635

(12) Provisional figures rounded to nearest five, with '*' = 1 or 2

Information on asylum applications by age and sex are published annually. In 2001, excluding dependants, there were 8,450 asylum applications from Afghan males, and 550 from Afghan females. The 2001 Asylum Statistics Bulletin is available from the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at: The 2002 Bulletin will be available later this year.

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Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were (a) removed and (b) deported from the UK in each year since 1990; and how many of each category were asylum seekers; [97944]

Beverley Hughes: Data on the number of persons removed from the United Kingdom in each year from 1990 to 2001 are given in the attached table. With the exception of those persons leaving under the Assisted Voluntary Returns Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration all removals are as a result of action taken by the Immigration service and as such can be regarded as enforced.

A breakdown of total removals in 2002 is not yet available but is due to be published on the Home Office web-site later in the year in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin "Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2002".

The latest available data show that 7,780 principal asylum applicants and 1,825 dependants were removed in the period January to September 2002. Data for October to December 2002 are due to be published at the end of February on the Home Office website.

Persons removed from the United Kingdom and those subject to enforcement action(13)1990 to 2001 (United Kingdom)
Number of persons

Type of removal
Persons refused entry at port and subsequently removed19,18018,27014,95016,74017,22019,150
Of whom: principal asylum applicants(14)N/aN/a9601,2401,3501,880
Of whom: non-asylum cases(15)N/aN/a13,99015,50015,87017,270
Principal asylum applicants leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes(18)
Persons removed as a result of enforcement action(16),(17)4,2805,8006,2106,0805,2105,080
Of whom: principal asylum applicants(14)N/aN/a3905808701,290
Of whom: non-asylum casesN/aN/a5,8205,5004,3403,790
Of which:
Deportation action (20),(21)1,9402,6202,5802,2801,9201,920
Of whom: principal asylum applicants(14)N/aN/aN/aN/aN/a2,20
Of whom: non-asylum casesN/aN/aN/aN/aN/a1,700
Total persons removed(16)23,46024,07021,16022,82022,43024,230
Of whom: principal asylum applicants(14)N/aN/a1,3501,8202,2203,170
Of whom: non-asylum cases(15)N/aN/a19,82021,00020,21021,060

19961997199819992000 (R)2001 (P)
Type of removal
Persons refused entry at port and subsequently removed21,20024,53527,60531,29538,27537,865
Of whom: principal asylum applicants(14)2,7004,1053,5404,8605,4404,175
Of whom: non-asylum cases(15)18,51020,43024,06526,43532,83533,690
Principal asylum applicants leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes(18)50550980
Persons removed as a result of enforcement action(16),(17)5,4606,6107,3156,4407,82010,290
Of whom: principal asylum applicants(14)2,1303,0603,4502,7552,9904,130
Of whom: non-asylum cases3,3403,3,5503,8653,6804,8306,160
Of which:
Deportation action(20),(21)2,0002,0701,7301,2101,280450
Of whom: principal asylum applicants(14)40045535014014585
Of whom: non-asylum cases1,6001,6151,3801,0751,140365
Total persons removed(16)26,66031,14534,92037,78046,64549,135
Of whom: principal asylum applicants(14)4,8207,1656,9907,6658,9809,285
Of whom: non-asylum cases(15)21,84023,98027,93030,12037,66539,850

(13) Under section 3.5, 3.6 or 33.1 of the immigration Act 1971, or under section 10 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

(14) Persons who had sought asylum at some stage, excluding dependants. Removal figures exclude 1,495 dependants of asylum seekers removed in the period April to December 2001; data on dependants removed have only been collected since April 2001.

(15) Figures up to March 2001 may include a small number of dependants of port principal asylum applicants removed.

(16) Including persons known to have departed 'voluntarily' after enforcement action had been initiated against them.

(17) Excludes Assisted Voluntary Returns. Figures exclude 185 accompanying dependants leaving between April 2000 and March 2001.

(18) Persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the international Organisation for Migration. May include some on-entry cases and some cases where enforcement action has been initiated.

(19) Illegal entrants detected and persons issued with a notice of intention to deport, recommended for deportation by a court or proceeded against under Section 10.

(20) Deportation figures may be under-recorded in 1999 and 2000. 2001 figure may exclude some persons recommended for deportation by a court.

(21) Figures for 2001 have been estimated.

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