HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 cc108-9W
Miss Widdecombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants have entered the United Kingdom and sought citizenship in each year since 1992. [61332]

Beverley Hughes

[holding answer 13 June 2002]: The available information relates to the total number of people who have applied for British citizenship each year.

The table shows the total number of applications for British citizenship received for the period of January 1992 to December 2000 inclusive. This includes a handful of applications made outside the United Kingdom.

I regret that it is not possible to identify the year in which these people entered the United Kingdom as immigrants, but in order to qualify for British citizenship almost all applicants will have been residing in the United Kingdom for at least three years, and in many cases longer.

Information on citizenship is published annually in the statistical bulletin "Persons Granted British Citizenship", a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library and from the RDS website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds.

Applications for British citizenship received in the United Kingdom, 1992–2000
Number of persons
Applications received1
1992 38,070
1993 42,680
1994 48,275
1995 53,390
1996 61,800
1997 66–000
1998 68,030
1999 67,400
2000 262,475
1 Includes a handful of applications made outside the United Kingdom
2 Revised

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