HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 cc420-1W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) asylum and (b) immigration applications he has received from residents of Sudan in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [174832]

Mr. Browne

The available information relating to the number of asylum applications, excluding dependants, that have been received and decisions on applications for an extension of leave to remain or settlement from nationals of Sudan are given in the tables.

Detailed statistics on immigration control are published in the Command Paper "Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2002" (cm 6053), obtained from the Library, the Stationery Office and via the Home Office website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/commandpubsl.html.

Information on asylum applications is published in quarterly web pages and in the annual statistical bulletin `Asylum Statistics United Kingdom'. Copies of these publications and others relating to general immigration to the UK are available from the Library and from the Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Applications1 received for asylum the United Kingdom

excluding dependants, Sudan, 1999 to 2003

Number of principal applicants
19992 280
20002 415
20013 390
20024 655
20034 930
1 Figures rounded to the nearest 5.
1 May exclude some cases lodged at local Enforcement Offices between January 1999 and March 2000.
1 Provisional figures.
1 Revised figures.
Grants and refusals on applications for leave to remain1 or

settlement from nationals of Sudan, 1998–2002

Number of decisions
Total grants of


Grants of


Total refusals of

extension or settlement

1998 560 120 50
1999 530 270 20
2000 590 810 30
2001 510 280 35
2002 545 210 50
1 Excludes dependants of principal applicants, asylum related decisions, the outcome of appeals and withdrawn applications.
2 Excludes "in line" dependants and the outcome of appeals.