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Asylum Appeals

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum appeals (a) between 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002 and (b) since

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1 April 2002 have been (i) lodged and (ii) heard; how many of these appeals have been refused; and, in relation to these refusals, how many applications for judicial review have been lodged. [93334]

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Beverley Hughes: The available information is shown in the table. Appeal outcomes in any given time period do not necessarily relate to appeals lodged in the same period.

Asylum appeals determined by adjudicators of the Immigration Appellate Authority, excluding dependants, April 2001 to September 2002(9)

Number of principal appellants Appeals determined by adjudicators
Allowed(12) Dismissed(12) Withdrawn(12)
Appeals received by Home Office(10)Appeals received by IAA(11)Total determined(11)TotalAs % of total dismissedTotalAs % of total dismissedTotalAs % of total dismissed
April 2001 to March 200263,900(13)51,73047,0159,64021%36,36577%1,0102%
April 2002 to September 200224,100(13)32,50033,7857,38522%25,54076%8553%

(9) Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5. Numbers might not add up due to rounding.

(10) Appeals received based on electronic sources.

(11) Based on information supplied by the Lord Chancellor's Department. Determinations do not necessarily relate to appeals received in the same period.

(12) Based on data supplied from the Presenting Officers Unit within the Home Office.

(13) Estimate. Figures rounded to the nearest hundred, and subject to later revision.


In the calendar year 2001 there were 2,210 applications for leave to move for judicial review. 13 per cent. of the 2,300 decisions in the calendar year 2001 granted leave to move. Information is unavailable for the periods requested. Applications for leave to move for Judicial Review do not necessarily relate to appeals refused by the Immigration Appellate Authority in the same period. The figures exclude further appeals to the Tribunal and the House of Lords.

Asylum statistics are published quarterly. The latest published figures give information up to and including September 2002. The next publication giving figures up to and including December 2002 will be available from 28 February 2003 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants under the expedited appeals process have received (a) legal advice and assistance in preparing their asylum appeal and (b) legal representation at the appeal hearing. [93335]

Beverley Hughes: The expedited appeals process commenced in August 2002 and ended when the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 was commenced in November 2002, and non-suspensive appeals came into force for the 10 EU accession countries.

Over 160 (rounded to the nearest five) appeals were dealt with under this process. All expedited appeal claimants passed through the Oakington fast track process and had access to on site legal advice from the Refugee Legal Centre or Immigration Advisory Service. Procedures were put in place to ensure the availability of legal advice once the claimants left Oakington and were detained pending determination of their appeal.

Asylum statistics are published quarterly and are available on the Home Office Research and Development and Statistics Directorate website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were refused in an initial decision in each year since 1997; and how many of these were subsequently allowed on appeal. [93325]

Beverley Hughes: The tables show the number of asylum applicants refused in an initial decision in each year from 1997 to 2001 and the number of appeals allowed in each of those years.

Initial asylum decisions in the United Kingdom(14) by year 1997–2001

Number of principal applicants
Cases considered under normal procedures(16) Backlog clearance exercise(17)
Initial decisions(15)Granted asylumGranted ELRRefusedGranted asylum or ELR under backlog criteriaRefused under backlog criteria(18)
199736,0453,9853,11528,945
199831,5705,3453,91022,315
199933,7207,8152,46511,02511,1401,275
2000109,20510,37511,49575,68010,3251,335
2001(19)119,01511,18019,84587,990

(14) Figures rounded to the nearest five, with * = one or two.

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

(16) Cases considered under normal procedures may include some cases decided under the backlog criteria.

(17) Cases decided under measures aimed at reducing the pre 1996 asylum application backlog.

(18) Includes some cases where the application has been refused on substantive grounds.

(19) Provisional data.


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Not all initial decisions to refuse an application result in an appeal. It is estimated that around 77 per cent. of refusals of applications made in 2001 resulted in an appeal, and that around a fifth of those appeals were allowed. The appeals allowed figures given in the following table do not necessarily relate to the refusals in the same year. These could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records.

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Appeals received by the Appeals Support Section(21)Appeals received by the IAA(22)Total determined(23)
199720,95022,38521,090
199814,32015,44025,320
19996,6157,77519,460
200046,419028,93519,395
2001(25),(26)74,36547,90543,415

Appeals determined by adjudicators
AllowedDismissedWithdrawn
TotalAs % of total determined(24)TotalAs % of total determined(24)TotalAs % of total determined(24)
19971,180(6)18,145(86)1,720(8)
19982,355(9)21,195(84)1,770(7)
19995,280(27)11,135(57)3,050(16)
20003,340(17)15,580(80)475(2)
2001(25),(26)8,155(19)34,440(79)825(2)

(20) Figures (other than percentages) rounded to the nearest five. Numbers might not add up due to rounding,

(21) Figures for 1997 to 2000 are based on manual counts of data received in Appeals Support Section of the Home Office. Some cases are received elsewhere in the Home Office before being forwarded to ASS and so may be counted in a later month than when they arrived in the Home Office.

(22) Figures for 1997 and 1995 represent the number of appeals sent to the IAA by the Home Office.

(23) Based on information supplied by the Lord Chancellor's Department. Determinations do not necessarily relate to appeals received in the same period.

(24) Percentages based on total determined excluding without foundation appeals referred to Secretary of State for further consideration. Based on data supplied by the Presenting Officers Unit within the Home Office (October 1999-December 2001).

(25) Appeals received by the Appeals Support Section based on electronic sources.

(26) Provisional figures.


Asylum statistics are published quarterly. The latest published figures give information up to and including September 2002. The next publication giving figures up to and including December 2002 will be available from 28 February 2003 on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1 .html.

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum seekers have been denied asylum in the UK in the last 12 months; and what percentage have been deported; [92838]

Beverley Hughes: In the period October 2001 to September 2002, 84,625 initial decisions were made on asylum cases, of which 1,185 had been lodged by Algerian nationals. In this period, 56,025 cases were refused asylum and exceptional leave to remain (ELR), of which 1,125 were Algerian. This information relates to cases and therefore excludes dependants.

Information on the number of these cases that were removed within the same period is not available except by examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost. However, 10,300 principal asylum applicants were removed in this period. Estimates of principal asylum applicants removed show 110 Algerian nationals removed in the period October 2001 to June 2002. Corresponding data for the period July to September 2002 will be available following publication of the next quarterly asylum statistics.

The number of asylum applications from Algerians increased between 1993 and 1995 from 275 to a peak of 1, 865.

Information on the number of asylum decisions and removals is published quarterly on the Home Office website at . The next publication will be available from 28 February and will cover the final quarter of 2002.

Mr. Jon Owen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Afghan nationals sought asylum in Britain in the last five years for which data is available; and were (a) accepted and (b) rejected in each year; and how many were returned to Afghanistan or third countries. [92981]

Beverley Hughes: The available data on applications and initial decisions are included in the table. However, data on initial decisions are independent of applications data, and do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same period.

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Applications received for asylum in the UK, excluding dependents, and initial decisions, for nationals of Afghanistan, 1997 to 2001 and January to September(27)

YearApplications(28)Total initial decisions(29)Cases considered under normal procedures(30) Backlog clearance exercise(31)
Grants of asylumGrants of ELRTotal refusalsGranted asylum or ELR under backlog criteria(32)Refused under backlog criteria
19971,0857302063575(27)(27)
19982,3951,600351,50065(27)(27)
19993,9751,295151,1809010(27)
20005,5552,5903756951,51510(27)
20019,00012,1552,2607,3702,530(27)(27)
20026,0356,910804,5652,265(27)(27)

(27) Figures rounded to the nearest 5 with "—" = 0.

(28) May exclude some cases lodged at local enforcement offices between January 1999 and March 2000.

(29) Information is of initial decisions, excluding the outcome of appeals or other subsequent decisions. Decision figures do not necessarily relate to applications received in the same period.

(30) Cases considered under normal procedures may include some cases decided under backlog criteria.

(31) Cases decided under measures aimed at reducing the pre 1996 asylum application backlog.

(32) Includes cases where asylum or Exceptional Leave to Remain has been granted under the backlog criteria.


The latest available data on removals of Afghan nationals who have sought asylum at some stage are given in the table.

Removals and voluntary departures of Afghan principal asylum applicants, excluding dependants(33)

Number
199740
1998(35)15
1999n/a
2000n/a
2001(34),(35),(36)125
January to June 2002(35),(36)235

(33) Includes persons departing "voluntarily" after enforcement action has been initiated against them, persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Returns Programmes run by the International Organisation for Migration, and removals on safe third country grounds.

(34) Figure may include a small number of dependants leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes.

(35) Data have been estimated due to data quality issues.

(36) Provisional data.

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.


Data on applications in the period October to December 2002 and removals by nationality in the period July to September 2002 are due to be published at the end of February 2003 on the Home Office website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/whatsnew1.html

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will exclude Silverlands at Chertsey, Surrey from consideration for accommodation for asylum seekers. [92999]

Beverley Hughes: Chertsey is not within a designated dispersal area for asylum seekers requiring accommodation. Similarly for the trial of accommodation centres we are looking to provide accommodation away from London and Kent.

All adult asylum seekers will be required to attend an induction centre irrespective of whether they require support including accommodation. We are proposing a national network of induction centres and it is envisaged these will be up and running by the end of 2003. The

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National Asylum Support Service (NASS) is currently considering options for accommodation to support the Induction Centre to meet the needs of asylum seekers arriving in London and the South East.

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to use (a) hotels, (b) hostels and (c) country homes in Shropshire as induction centres to house asylum seekers. [93017]

Tony Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he intends to monitor the impact of the withdrawal of asylum support for in-country applicants on asylum seekers in the UK. [92726]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 23 January 2003]: Under section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, those people who make their asylum claim as soon as reasonably practicable on arrival in the UK, will continue to receive the support they need. The Home Office is working in close consultation with local authorities and voluntary sector organisations to establish the best way in which the impact of the changes may be monitored on the ground.

Tony Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what impact he estimates the withdrawal of asylum support for in-country applicants will have on the numbers of homeless people living in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. [92727]

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Beverley Hughes [holding answer 23 January 2003]: Section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 prevents the provision of support to asylum seekers who do not make their asylum claim as soon as reasonably practicable on arrival at a port in the UK. The purpose of the new policy is to ensure that those wishing to seek asylum do so at the earliest opportunity. If this purpose is fulfilled, there is no reason to suppose that there will be an increase in the number of homeless people. Since 8 January 2003, when the new policy was introduced, there has been no indication of increased homelessness.

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