UK Immigration Statistics 4th Quarter 2009

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The Home Office published today their asylum statistics for Q4 2009, they have also published Provisional 2009 Annual Comparisons on Control of Immigration, see second part of message and snap shot, timeliness of case processing to a conclusion.

Download full report: immiq409.pdf

Download supplementary tables: immiq409supp.xls

Enforcement and Compliance (aka removals/deportations) Q4 October/November/December 2009

* In Q4 2009, 16,340 persons were removed or departed voluntarily from the UK, 3 per cent lower than in Q4 2008 (16,820).

There was a fall of 8 per cent to 2,605 for those leaving who had claimed asylum (including dependants) and a decrease of 2 per cent to 13,735 for non-asylum cases.

Of those leaving in Q4 2009, 6,240 persons were initially refused entry at port (26 per cent lower than in Q4 2008), 5,025 were enforced removals and notified voluntary departures (10 per cent higher than in Q4 2008), 1,190 persons left under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes (8 per cent higher than in Q4 2008), and 3,890 were other voluntary departures (46 per cent higher than in Q4 2008).

* 1,400 foreign national prisoners were removed in Q4 2009.

165 children were removed from the UK upon leaving detention in Q4 2009, 4 per cent higher than in Q4 2008 (155).

Top ten destinations by nationality

Brazil          1,700

India           1,675

Afghanistan     955    

Pakistan                865    

China           865    

Nigeria         820

USA             665    

Vietnam         555

Iraq            380            

Iran            325    

Persons entering detention Q4 October/November/December 2009

A total of 6,915 people entered detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers in Q4 2009. Of these, 3,675 (53 per cent of the total) were asylum detainees.

* Of the 6,915 people entering detention in Q4 2009, 4,035 (58 per cent of the total) entered UK Border Agency Removal Centres and 2,880 (42 per cent of the total) entered UK Border Agency Short Term Holding Facilities.

* 285 children entered detention in Q4 2009. Of these, 180 (64 per cent of the total) were asylum detainees.

Top 10 nationalities entering detention Q4  2009

Afghanistan     630    

Nigeria                 520

Pakistan                455

India           450

China           420

Iraq            275

Jamaica         250

Iran            240

Brazill         220

Vietnam         220

Persons detained solely under Immigration Act powers as at 31st December 2009

A total of 2,595 (83% of capacity) persons were detained in the UK Border Agency estate, 15 per cent higher than as at the 27th December 2008 (2,250).

* 2,540 were held at UK Border Agency Removal Centres and 55 at UK Border Agency Short Term Holding Facilities.

* 1,770 persons who had sought asylum at some stage were being detained solely under Immigration Act powers (68 per cent of all detainees), 16 per cent higher than as at the 27th December 2008 (1,525). 92 per cent of asylum detainees were male.

* There were no people detained solely under Immigration Act powers recorded as being less than 18 years of age.

* Management information shows that of the 2,595 people detained, 740 had been in detention for less than 29 days, 510 for between 29 days and two months, 530 for between two and four months, 280 for between four and six months, 325 for between six months and a year, and 210 for over a year.

* Management information shows that there were no families with children held in the UK Border Agency estate under Immigration Act Powers as at the 31 December 2009.

Asylum Q4 October/November/December 2009

* The number of applications for asylum, Including dependants, the number of applications to the UK decreased by 27 per cent in Q4 2009 (5,895) compared with Q4 2008 (8,130).

* In Q4 2009, 6,400 initial asylum decisions were made, excluding dependants, an increase of 36 per cent compared with Q4 2008 (4,700).

77 per cent of initial decisions were refusals, 13 per cent were grants of asylum and 10 per cent were grants of Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave.

(Including dependants, the estimated number of applications to the EU27 decreased by 9 per cent in Q4 2009 (61,100)6 compared with Q4 2008 (67,200). The UK ranks 13th amongst European Union 27 countries in terms of asylum seekers per head of population.)

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Provisional 2009 Annual Comparisons on Control of Immigration

Enforcement and Compliance (aka removals/deportations) January to December 2009

In 2009, 64,750 persons were removed or departed voluntarily from the UK, 5 per cent lower than 2008 (67,980). Compared to 2008, there was a fall of 16 per cent to 10,815 for those leaving who had claimed asylum (including dependants), and a fall of 2 per cent to 53,930 for non-asylum cases.

Of those leaving in 2009, 29,060 persons were initially refused entry at port (10 per cent lower than in 2008), 19,005 were enforced removals and notified voluntary departures (11 per cent lower than in 2008), 4,945 persons left under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes (15 per cent higher than in 2008), and 11,740 were other voluntary departures (17 per cent higher than in 2008).

5,535 foreign national prisoners were removed in 2009, 3 per cent higher than in 2008 (5,395). The UK Border Agency’s target for 2009 was to remove 5,800 foreign national prisoners and the target for 2009/10 is to remove 6,000 foreign national prisoners.

520 children were removed from the UK upon leaving detention in 2009, 15 per cent lower than in 2008 (615).

Persons entering detention January to December 2009

A total of 28,005 people entered detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers in 2009. Of these, 15,580 (56 per cent of the total) were asylum detainees.

* Of the 28,005 people entering detention in 2009, 15,925 (57 per cent of the total) entered UK Border Agency Removal Centres and 12,080 (43 per cent of the total) entered UK Border Agency Short Term Holding Facilities.

1,065 children entered detention in 2009. Of these, 715 (67 per cent of the total) were asylum detainees.

Asylum

* The number of applications, excluding dependants, for asylum was 6 per cent lower in 2009 (24,250) compared to 2008 (25,930).

* In 2009, 24,550 initial asylum decisions, excluding dependants, were made, an increase of 27 per cent compared with 2008 (19,400).

Total figures for 2009 show 73 per cent of initial decisions were refusals, 17 per cent were grants of asylum and 10 per cent were grants of Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave.

The number of fresh claims, excluding dependants, for asylum was 4 per cent lower in 2009 (855) compared to 2008 (895).

(Including dependants, the estimated number of applications to the EU27 remained relatively consistent in 2009 (242,400)6 compared with 2008 (241,300).)

Timeliness of case processing to a conclusion

The conclusion measure follows a month’s cohort of asylum claims (principal applicants only) through a 182 day period to see if they are concluded. A case is deemed to be concluded if the applicant is granted Asylum, Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave, is successful at appeal, removed from the UK or, in some cases, if the applicant has withdrawn their application.
The provisional figures for the cohort of June 2009 are:
There were 1,885 applications:

* 130 (7 per cent) of the applications were unsubstantiated cases, these are applicants who fail to substantiate their claim for asylum through attendance at the substantive interview and who are found to have absconded from their registered address.

* 245 (13 per cent) had been refused asylum and exhausted their appeal rights but may not be removed from the UK because there is a general legal barrier to removing individuals to the country that the claimant is a national of.

* Of the remaining 1,510 new applications eligible for conclusion, 915 (61 per cent) were concluded within six months by the end of December 2009.

Of the 1,510 applications eligible for conclusion, 560 (37 per cent) were granted and 340 (23 per cent) were removed from the UK with a further 10 (1 per cent) concluded by other means.

NCADC

    

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