HL Deb 26 June 1996 vol 573 cc59-60WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will publish a table showing the number of applications for asylum from Turkish nationals (excluding dependants) received; the number of decisions; the number recognised as refugees and granted asylum; the number not recognised as refugees but granted exceptional leave to remain; and the total number of refusals, for each of the years 1990 to 1995 inclusive, and for 1996 to the latest convenient date.

Baroness Blatch

I refer the noble Lord to the reply given on 18th March (col.WA 92), which gives the requested information for the years 1990 to 1995. Equivalent information for January to May 1996 is given in the table.

Decisions on applications for asylum1 in the United Kingdom from Turkish nationals, excluding dependents, January to May 1996
Number of principal applicants
1996 January-May
Asylum applications2 630
Total decisions2. 3 510
Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum 30
Recognition rate 6 per cent.
Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave to remain4 10
Exceptional leave rate 2 per cent.
Total refusals 470
Refusal rate 92 per cent.
Refused asylum and ELR after full consideration 385
Refused on safe third country grounds 80
Refused on non-compliance grounds5 5
1 Provisional figures rounded to the nearest 5.
2 Figures exclude information on applications made overseas.
3 Decisions do not necessarily relate to applications made in the same year.
4 Usually granted for a year in the first instance, subject then to further review.
5 Para 340 of Immigration Rules, for failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period.