Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Type: Written Parliamentary Question (WPQ)
    Date of Answer: 02.07.2007
    Column References: 462 c929W
    Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
    Topic: Work Permits
    Question: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007 to question 144097, on work permits, how many work permits in total were issued in each year since 2000 for overseas nationals from (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) South America and (d) the Caribbean.
    Answering Department: Home Office
    Member Answering Question: Byrne, Liam
    Answer: [holding answer 28 June 2007]: The following table shows the number of work permit applications which were approved for overseas nationals, in the period 1 January 2000 to 31 May 2007 from (a) Africa, (b) Asia (c) South America and (d) the Caribbean. 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007¹
    Africa 13,430 22,370 27,770 25,520 24,915 20,910 18,290 6,305
    Asia 38,340 56,165 66,285 75,825 93,865 81,330 89,340 36,085
    South America 1,480 1,925 2,640 2,755 3,400 3,455 4,025 1,910
    Caribbean 2,240 2,830 2,885 2,900 2,690 2,625 2,480 905
    ¹ January to May
    Notes:
    1. Figures are rounded to nearest five.
    2. Because of rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown.
    The figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change

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