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Asylum Seekers

Asked if there was any explanation for why the numbers of failed asylum seekers had dropped, the PMS replied that what we had also seen, as Liam Byrne had pointed out this morning, was a significant increase in the number of foreign national prisoners being deported; that was up 80% over the past year. People needed to look at all these figures in the round.

Asked if it was getting harder to deport asylum seekers, the PMS said it was best to speak to the Home Office on specifics but as Liam Byrne had also pointed out, we had seen significant falls in the number of asylum claims; they were now at their lowest levels for 14 years. It was important to look at what was happening alongside the fact that there were significantly fewer people coming into the country as asylum seekers.

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