15 October 2013

Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 9 February 2011, Official Report, column 335W, on asylum, how many immigrants claimed asylum following detection and being served papers as immigration offenders in each year for which figures are available; how many of those were granted asylum; how many of those were refused permission to remain in the UK and asked to leave the UK; and how many left the UK in each year.

Mark Harper (The Minister for Immigration; Forest of Dean, Conservative)

In answering this question we have interpreted illegal immigrants as individuals who have been served papers as immigration offenders, prior to claiming asylum.

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Table 1: Identified illegal immigrants, 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2013
Year of asylum claim 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Claimed asylum following detection 17,024 13,368 9,821 10,679 10,477 5,200
Granted 4,703 3,259 2,520 3,602 3,499 1,483
Refused 9,747 7,830 6,103 5,590 4,678 2,068
Other 2,497 2,169 1,141 1,113 956 378
Removed 4,431 3,607 2,589 2,170 1,574 667
Notes: 1. All figures quoted have been derived from management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols. 2. Figures relate to main applicants only. 3. All data relates to individuals served papers as immigration offenders, who subsequently claimed asylum between 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2013. 4. Grants relate to individuals granted asylum or a form of leave eg Humanitarian Protection and Discretionary Leave at first decision. 5. Refusals relate to individuals refused at first decision. 6. Other outcomes relate to asylum applications that have not been granted or refused eg unconcluded, and withdrawn. 7. Removals relate to asylum claims made in the specified years. However, actual removals-may have occurred in year of asylum claim or a subsequent year.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 15 October 2013, c642W