UK Asylum Statistics: 2nd Quarter April/May/June 2009
The Home Office published today their quarterly bulletin on Asylum statistics for April/May/June 2009, in that period:
~ Detention up 11.5%
~ Removal of refused asylum applicants down 22%
~ Asylum applications up 4%
Control of immigration: quarterly statistics, UK April/May/June 2009
Enforcement & Compliance (Removals and voluntary departures)
In Q2 2009, 15,515 persons were removed or departed voluntarily from the UK, 3 per cent fewer than in Q2 2008 (15,930).
Asylum removals and voluntary departures 2,535
Of those leaving in Q2 2009, 7,445 persons were initially refused entry at port (2 per cent higher than in Q2 2008), 5,585 were enforced removals and notified voluntary departures (2 per cent higher than in Q2 2008), 1,240 persons left under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes (20 per cent higher than in Q2 2008), and 1,245 were other voluntary departures (41 per cent fewer than in Q2 2008).
Top ten removal destinations Q2
1,230 foreign national prisoners were removed in Q2 2009.
Persons detained solely under Immigration Act powers
A total of 2,745 (87% of capacity) persons were detained in the UK Border Agency estate, 19 per cent higher than as at the end of June 2008 (2,315).
2,660 were held at UK Border Agency Removal Centres and 90 at UK Border Agency Short Term Holding Facilities.
1,950 persons who had sought asylum at some stage were being detained solely under Immigration Act powers (71 per cent of all detainees), 17 per cent higher than as at the end of June 2008 (1,660). 88 per cent of asylum detainees were male.
Persons entering detention Q1 2009 ~ 6,780 of which 3,710 were asylum detainees
Top 5 detained by nationality
The number of applications, excluding dependants, for asylum was 4 per cent higher in Q2 2009 (6,045) compared with Q2 2008 (5,830).
* Including dependants, the number of applications to the UK increased by 4 per cent in Q2 2009 (7,380) compared with Q2 2008 (7,070).
* Including dependants, the estimated number of applications to the EU27 increased by 6 per cent in Q2 2009 (57,200)6 compared with Q2 2008 (53,800)6.