Asylum:Written question - HL4220

Q
Asked by Lord Laird
Asked on: 03 December 2015
Home Office
Asylum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last five years, how many asylum applications have been made by people who entered the UK on a student visa; what are the top 10 countries of nationality of those people; and what assessment they have made of those figures.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 09 December 2015

Over the last five years there have been 17,387 cases of individuals who have entered on a student visa and subsequently also went on to claim asylum. Details by year and those of the top ten nationalities are listed below.

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

TOTALS

Total Claims

1,901

4,350

4,695

3,743

2,698

17,387

TOP 10 Nationalities

Pakistan

385

1,313

1,471

1,265

892

5,326

Sri Lanka

744

1,137

1,171

715

395

4,162

Iran

244

464

307

148

77

1,240

India

26

244

320

294

266

1150

Bangladesh

31

167

318

264

291

1,071

Syria

24

256

251

134

90

755

China

25

95

162

160

92

534

Nigeria

12

94

142

136

107

491

Libya

114

73

57

86

109

439

Burma (Myanmar)

98

42

14

13

10

177

All Other

198

465

482

528

369

2,042

TOTALS

1,901

4,350

4,695

3,743

2,698

17,387

The Home Office constantly analyses patterns of migration to identify trends and possible abuses of the immigration system. In October of 2014 we began a pilot to target abuse of the visa immigration system in cases where people claimed asylum within one year of obtaining a visa for the UK. This encompasses all visa types and not just student visas. Evaluation of this pilot ahead of any decision for further roll out is ongoing.

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