Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Written Parliamentary Question (WPQ)
    Date of Answer: 01.03.2007
    Column References: 457 c1528-9W;457 c1514-5W
    Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
    Topic: Work Permits
    Question: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued for citizens of (a) Africa, (b) Latin America, (c) South Asia and (d) East Asia in each year since 1997.
    Answering Department: Home Office
    Member Answering Question: Byrne, Liam
    Answer: Table 1 shows the number of work permit applications which were approved for overseas nationals, in the period 1997 to 2006, from (a) Africa, (b) Latin America, (c) South Asia and (d) South East Asia (not East Asia).The listing shows which countries have been included under each region of the world.Table 1: number of work permit approvals per year
    1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Total
    Africa 5,271 7,423 9,828 13,432 22,374 27,778 25,536 24,919 20,908 18,284 175,753
    Latin America 1,228 1,436 1,553 2,173 2,512 3,064 3,275 3,775 4,014 4,915 27,945
    South Asia 9,011 12,395 13,289 23,400 35,099 42,635 51,126 69,040 61,235 69,184 386,414
    South East Asia 1,401 2,096 2,298 2,735 4,582 5,788 6,123 6,587 5,486 6,018 43,114
    Note:
    The figures include all individuals who were approved as part of a group application. The figures provided are not national statistics but are based on provisional management information and may be subject to change.
    Definitions of regions for this PQ answerSouth East Asia:”Brunei””Cambodia””Christmas Island””Hong Kong””Indonesia””Laos””Malaysia””Myanmar””Singapore””Thailand””Vietnam”South Asia:”Bangladesh””Bhutan””China””India””Maldives””Nepal””Pakistan””Sri Lanka”Latin America:”Argentina””Belize””Bolivia””Brazil””Chile””Colombia””Cuba””Ecuador””El Salvador””Guatemala””Honduras””Mexico””Nicaragua””Panama””Paraguay””Peru””Surinam””Uruguay”Africa:”Algeria””Angola””Benin””Botswana””Burkina Faso””Burundi””Cameroon””Cape Verde””Central African””Chad””Comoros””Congo””Djibouti””Egypt””Eritrea””Ethiopia””Gabon””Gambia””Ghana””Guinea””Guinea-Bissau””Ivory Coast””Kenya””Lesotho””Liberia””Libya””Madagascar””Malawi””Mali””Mauritania””Mauritius””Morocco””Mozambique””Namibia””Niger””Nigeria””Rwanda””Senegal””Seychelles””Sierra Leone””Somalia””South Africa””Sudan””Swaziland””Tanzania””Togo””Tunisia””Uganda””Zaire””Zambia””Zimbabwe”

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