HC Deb 05 November 1993 vol 231 cc568-9W
Mr. Parry

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many political refugees are now resident in the United Kingdom; and if he will publish a table showing how many are from each country.

Mr. Charles Wardle

The available information is that in the period 1979 to mid-1993 around 41,800 persons, including associated dependants, were given leave to remain in the United Kingdom as a refugee. These comprise some 18,500 asylum applicants who were recognized Kingdom, and 23,300 south-east Asian refugees accepted Table for settlement on arrival. Information on the number of these cases who have since died, left the country, obtained British citizenship or otherwise ceased to hold refugee status here, and information prior to 1979, is not available.

An analysis by main nationalities of grants of asylum in the years 1979 to 1984, including associated dependants, is given in table 3 of Home Office statistical bulletin issue 22/90 "Refugee Statistics, United Kingdom 1989". An analysis by main nationalities of grants in the period 1985 to mid-1993, excluding dependants, is given in table 3.1 of Home Office statistical bulletin issue 19/93 "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 1992" and in the table. An analysis of these figures including dependants is not readily available. A comparison of figures for total grants of asylum including and excluding dependants is given in table 1.2 of issue 19/93.

Copies of the above publications are in the Library.

Cases12 recognised as refugees and granted asylum, excluding dependants, by nationality, 1 January to 30 June 1993
Number of grants to principal applicants
Nationality 1993 (Jan-Jun)
Europe and Americas
Colombia 5
Turkey 255
Former USSR
Former Yugoslavia
Other 5
Angola 5
Ethiopia 20
Ghana 5
Somalia 40
Sudan 700
Togo and Ivory Coast 1
Uganda 1
Zaire 1
Other 25

Nationality 1993 (Jan-Jun)
Middle East
Iran 65
Iraq 105
Lebanon 15
Other 25
China 5
Sri Lanka 5
Other 5
Other, and nationality not known
Total 1,280
Acceptances for settlement of South-East Asian refugees (including dependants) 300
1 Figures rounded to the nearest 5 with *=1 or 2.
2 Provisional figures.