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Asylum: Detainees

Question for Home Office

UIN HL2343, tabled on 26 September 2022

To ask His Majesty's Government how many asylum applicants have been detained this year as a result of arriving in the UK via a third country.

Answered on

10 October 2022

Individuals are detained only for the purpose of establishing identity or where there is a realistic prospect of removal within a reasonable timescale. Individuals are not detained simply because they have arrived via a third country. All decisions to detain are taken on the basis of a careful consideration of the known facts of the individual case, including all factors arguing both for and against detention

As the method or route of arrival is not a reason to detain an individual, the requested information cannot be accurately extracted from our internal systems. To provide this information would require a manual trawl of case records and to do so would incur disproportionate cost

The Home Office does publish statistics on people in detention in the 'Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release', which can be found on The number of people in detention at the end of each year is broken down by asylum and non-asylum in table Det_01.

Asylum-related cases refer to those where there has been an asylum claim at some stage prior to or during, detention. This will include asylum seekers whose asylum claims have been refused, and who have exhausted any rights of appeal, those returned under third country provisions, as well as those granted asylum/protection, but detained for other reasons (such as criminality).

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook.

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