Asylum: Detainees:Written question - HL4493

Q
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Home Office
Asylum: Detainees
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average duration of detention for adult asylum seekers in the UK in 2017.
Answered on: 16 January 2018

Information on the length of detention of people leaving detention is available in tables dt_06_q and dt_09_q of the detention tables in the latest releases of ‘Immigration Statistics, July to September 2017’, available from the Home Office website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/662536/detention-jul-sep-2017-tables.ods.

The table includes a breakdown of adults and child detainees who have previously claimed asylum at some stage. However, we cannot identify those minors which were unaccompanied. Figures for Q4 2017 will be released on 22 February 2018.

People leaving detention by length of detention, January to September 2017

Length of detention

Total Detainees

Of which: Adult asylum detainees

Child asylum detainees

*Total

20,730

10,222

24

A: 3 days or less

5,514

2,044

21

B: 4 to 7 days

1,483

855

2

C: 8 to 14 days

2,604

1,086

1

D: 15 to 28 days

3,619

1,550

0

E: 29 days to less than 2 months

3,494

1,875

0

F: 2 months to less than 3 months

1,566

978

0

G: 3 months to less than 4 months

794

546

0

H: 4 months to less than 6 months

813

631

0

I: 6 months to less than 12 months

680

536

0

J: 12 months to less than 18 months

100

75

0

K: 18 months to less than 24 months

41

31

0

L: 24 months to less than 36 months

20

15

0

M: 36 months to less than 48 months

2

0

0

N: 48 months or more

0

0

0

Figures are provisional.

Asylum detainees: People detained solely under Immigration Act powers

who are recorded as having sought asylum at some stage.

The median length of detention for adults, who had claimed asylum at some point, between January and September 2017, was between 15 and 28 days. There are a small number of detainees who have been detained for long periods of time, which would skew the mean value. The median is therefore the most suitable average for these data.

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