Asylum Statistics: The figures behind the headlines

The Home Office yesterday published Asylum Statistics: 4th Quarter 2004 (pdf 624 kb). This publication will make interesting reading for those curious about the actual number of asylum cases, which countries they come from, the number of people detained, deported and granted asylum. It includes data for the 4th Quarter of 2004, so October to December 2004. This edition also presents the first provisional analysis for 2004.

The data for 2004 are subject to revision in Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2004, to be published later this year. New summary data on Assisted Voluntary Returns (AVR) for the fourth quarter have been added within the Removals section.
The 36-page report breaks down like this:

  • Applications – countries with largest number of applicants: Iran, China, Iraq
  • Initial Decisions – almost all asylum applications are initially rejected
  • Appeals
  • Removal of Asylum seekers – The top 5 applicant nationalities removed in Q4 were Serbia and Montenegro, Iraq,Afghanistan, Romania and Iran.
  • Assessments of eligibility
  • Natl Asylum Support Service (NASS) Applications – for subsistance and accommodation. Top 10 Nationalities seeking support: Iran 1,205; Iraq 800; Somalia 585; Sudan 420; Eritrea 410; Zimbabwe 400; Afghanistan 395; Pakistan 390; Dem. Rep. Congo 380, and Turkey 360.
  • Supported Asylum Seekers – A total 61,625 asylum seekers were in receipt of NASS support. The five regions with the highest number of asylum seekers in NASS accommodation were: Yorkshire & the Humber (23%), North West (16%), West Midlands (15%), Scotland (14%), North East (10%). Within the regions, NASS disperses asylum seekers to cluster areas in Local Authorities (see Tables 9, 10). The 10 Local Authorities with the highest numbers of asylum seekers in NASS accommodation were: Glasgow City, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Bradford, Nottingham, Manchester, Kirklees and Salford.
  • Detention – ‘As at 25 December 2004, 1,515 persons who had sought asylum at some stage were being detained in the UK solely under Immigration Act powers.’
  • Oakington Reception – figures on this fast-track immigration centre.
  • Related Publications
  • Index of tables

Enquiries about this bulletin should be addressed to: Immigration Research and Statistics Service, Research Development and Statistics Directorate, Room 1402, Apollo House, Wellesley Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3RR. Telephone 020 8760 8274.

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One Response to “Asylum Statistics: The figures behind the headlines”

  1. anita yates says:

    The stats give the top ten nationalities which require assistance. Have you any knowledge of the top ten languages which are spoken by asylum seekers in GB

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