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.
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: