Letter from Lesley Pallett, Immigration
and Nationality Department, to Lord Wallace, Chairman of Sub-Committee
UK SCHENGEN APPLICATION: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
BY SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
You requested further information in connection
with the UK's Schengen application. You asked for some figures
on third country nationals, legally resident in the UK, who would
require visas to travel to the rest of the EU. The available estimates
for the last five years are as follows:
These estimates are based on the results of the 1995-99 British
Labour Force Surveys which are sample surveys of the whole population
resident in private households. It has therefore not been possible
to determine the exact immigration status of each individual.
It has, however, been possible to narrow these figures down by
subtracting the number of asylum applicants (awaiting an initial
decision or an appeal) from the total figure as these third country
nationals would not be eligible to travel to other Member States
of the European Union while their applications were still outstanding.
As the 1999 statistics for the number of refused asylum applications
have not yet been produced, the above figure for 1999 does include
You also asked for information about the number of visa applications
made at British Diplomatic Posts in the Member States of the European
Union for travel to the UK. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
have provided the following figures for the past five years:
The statistics for 1999 do not include the figures for December,
as they are not yet fully available.
These figures are, of course, only indicative as they include
all visa applications not just those legally resident in the EU,
for whom figures are not available.
I hope this is helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact
me if I can be of any further help.
25 January 2000