Highlights of Latest UK Immigration Statistics.

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The number of applications for asylum, excluding dependants, was 11 per cent higher in Q1 2011 (4,845) compared with Q1 2010 (4,355). This represents the first quarter since Q2 2009 for which the number of applications is higher than the quarter a year earlier.

Detention
10 children entered detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers in Q1 2011, compared to 229 in Q1 2010

Removals and voluntary departures
In Q1 2011, 14,225 persons were removed or departed voluntarily from the UK, 5 per cent lower than in Q1 2010 (15,040)

Top 10 countries of origin of people seeking asylum in the first quarter of 2011:

Pakistan 495
Sri Lanka 475
Iran 585
China 220
Zimbabwe 220
Nigeria 200
Sudan 190
Somalia 165
Eritrea 165
India 140
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