HC Deb 16 October 2002 vol 390 cc862-4W
Jane Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people resident in Reading, East became UK citizens in 2001. [74759]

Beverley Hughes

90,2951 persons were granted British citizenship in the United Kingdom in 2001. Corresponding information on grants to persons in particular constituencies is not available, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records.



Mr. Wiggin

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have entered the UK for the purposes of(a) visiting, (b) study,

Passengers, given leave to enter the United Kingdom by purpose of journey, excluding EEA nationals, 1997 to 2001
Purpose of journey 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001P
Visitors 7,760,000 8,040,000 8,370,000 8,930,000 8,170,000
of which: Business visitors 1,530,000 1,530,000 1,600,000 1,770,000 1,610,000
Students 278,000 266,000 272,000 313,000 339,000
Employment related 145,000 161,000 173,000 179,000 186,000
of which: Work permit holders (including dependants) 62,975 68,385 76,010 91,825 108,825
Working holidaymakers 33,300 40,800 45,800 38,400 35,800
Au pairs 15,295 15,880 14,645 12,870 11,985
Domestic workers 15,640 15,825 14,890 14,290 10,465
Commonwealth citizens with a UK-born grandparent, who are seeking or taking employment 8,350 10,220 11,785 10,930 10,635
Seasonal agricultural workers1 9,275 9,450 9,760 10,105 8,390
Investors 25 15 25 50 25
Family reunion 28,570 34,705 32,780 36,065 33,410
of which: Admitted as a spouse or fianceé(e) 26,385 32,165 30,320 32,970 29,100
Dependants2 2,185 2,545 2,460 3,095 4,310
PData are provisional
1May be an underestimate of those who work as seasonal agricultural workers as they may enter through other admission categories.
2Excludes those children granted settlement on arrival as it is not possible to separate those travelling independently for family reunion from those travelling with their parents. However, in each of the five years shown these total no more than 1.800.
Figures are rounded to the nearest five or to three significant figures

No data are currently available for the number of persons who have entered the UK for the purpose of humanitarian protection. It is not possible to provide information on how many asylum seekers entered the UK in any given period, because some arrive clandestinely and subsequently apply for asylum in-country rather than on arrival at UK ports. Others may enter legally with visas as visitors, or under another immigration status, and subsequently claim asylum.

The table below shows the number of applicants who applied for asylum in the UK, both at port and in-country, in each year between 1997 and 2001.

Applications for asylum in the United Kingdom, excluding dependants, 1997 to 20011
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001P
Applications received 32,500 46,015 71,160 80,315 71,365
Applied at port 16,590 23,345 29,455 25,935 25,210
Applied in-country 15,915 22,670 41,700 54,380 46,160
PData are provisional
1May exclude some cases lodged at Local Enforcement Offices between January 1999 and March 2000. Excludes Kosovars evacuated from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia under the humanitarian operation which began in April 1999 who were granted exceptional leave for 1 year, and a number of grants of temporary exceptional leave given to Kosovars who arrived in the United Kingdom outside the evacuation programme, other than those who applied for asylum whilst in the UK. As at July

(c) economic activity, (d) family reunion and (e) humanitarian protection in each year since 1997. [73748]

Beverley Hughes

The information requested on how many persons have entered the United Kingdom (UK) as visitors, students, for employment related and family reunion purposes are given in the table. The figures given exclude passengers who are not subject to immigration control, i.e. European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and Commonwealth citizens who have the right of abode in the UK.

2000 the majority of those Kosovars who had arrived under the humanitarian evacuation operation had returned to (FRY) Former Republic of Yugoslavia.

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

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