Asylum:Written question - HL12624

Asked on: 07 January 2019
Home Office
Asylum
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of those who have claimed asylum after arriving in the UK by crossing the Channel are (1) Iranian Christians, and (2) from minorities other than Iranian Christians persecuted for their religious beliefs.
Answered on: 21 January 2019

Over 500 migrants, the majority of whom are Iranian nationals, attempted to travel to the UK on small vessels in 2018. The vast majority of those attempts were made in the last three months of the year.

All asylum claims made in the UK are processed, managed and decided in line with Home Office policy, guidance and relevant case law and legislation. This supports an efficient and effective asylum process for the UK and en-sures that asylum claims are handled in a manner that is appropriate to the individual, including ensuring any reasonable adjustments and safeguarding needs are considered.

All asylum claimants must be treated with dignity and fairness regardless of their age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief.

However, the Home Office does not electronically record the grounds on which an individual claims asylum and so we cannot identify how many asy-lum claimants, from those crossing the Channel are Iranian Christians and from minorities other than Iranian Christians persecuted for their religious beliefs.

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