HC Deb 24 October 2001 vol 373 cc278-9W
Miss McIntosh

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of refugees into the EU from(a) Iran, (b) Iraq and (c) Afghanistan entered the UK in (i) 1990, (ii) 1995 and (iii) 2000. [8241]

Angela Eagle

It is not possible to provide information on how many refugees entered the United Kingdom in any given period, because some refugees arrive clandestinely and subsequently claim asylum in-country rather than claiming on arrival at United Kingdom ports. Information on the numbers of application for asylum in the United Kingdom from the specified nationalities as a percentage of European Union (EU) applications is given in the table. However, only a minority of applications results in the granting of refugee status under the 1951 United Nations (UN) Convention.

Applications for asylum to the EU and UK from nationals of Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, 1990, 1995, 20001
1990 19952 20003
EU n/a 10,965 24,510
UK 215 715 6,835
UK (Percentage) n/a 7 28
EU n/a 8,800 22,155
UK 560 755 6,905
UK (Percentage) n/a 9 31
EU n/a 13,405 33,120
UK 1,215 1,140 9,205
UK (Percentage) n/a 9 28
1 All data are provisional and rounded to nearest five. Dependants have been estimated where necessary.
2 EU excludes Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Greece.
3EU excludes Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Greece.


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