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Asylum seeker country of origin and success statistics

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From: Vidarbh Sakshee

Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment,
I would like to request under the Official Information Act some statistics relating to asylum seekers. I would like to request:

* the number of asylum seekers that New Zealand has received each year since 2014 to 2019.

I would like these statistics to be broken down by:

a) the country of nationality or habitual residence of the asylum seeker,
b) the number of asylum seekers (by country) who were recognized as refugees by a refugee and protection officer
c) the number of asylum seekers (by country) who were recognized as protected persons by a refugee and protection officer
d) the number of asylum seekers (by country) who were recognized as refugees or protected persons following an appeal against a decision of a refugee and protection officer

I also have two further requests that may not be so easy to answer, but I would deeply appreciate it if you could answer them:

e) it would be excellent if I could get a breakdown of successful refugee or protection claimants by reason for the decision: eg race, religion, nationality, political opinion, member of particular social group, a protected person under the ICCPR or a protected person under the CAT.
f) it would also be great if I could get any statistics on the reason why applications for refugee status were rejected: eg lack of applicant credibility, domestic protection alternative available, no well founded fear of persecution, or persecution not for a Convention reason.

Yours faithfully,

Vidarbh Sakshee

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Ref: 1920-1034

 

Dear Vidarbh,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 2^nd January 2020 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

“Dear Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, I would like to
request under the Official Information Act some statistics relating to
asylum seekers. I would like to request:

 

* the number of asylum seekers that New Zealand has received each year
since 2014 to 2019.

 

I would like these statistics to be broken down by:

 

a) the country of nationality or habitual residence of the asylum seeker,

b) the number of asylum seekers (by country) who were recognized as
refugees by a refugee and protection officer

c) the number of asylum seekers (by country) who were recognized as
protected persons by a refugee and protection officer

d) the number of asylum seekers (by country) who were recognized as
refugees or protected persons following an appeal against a decision of a
refugee and protection officer

 

I also have two further requests that may not be so easy to answer, but I
would deeply appreciate it if you could answer them:

 

e) it would be excellent if I could get a breakdown of successful refugee
or protection claimants by reason for the decision: eg race, religion,
nationality, political opinion, member of particular social group, a
protected person under the ICCPR or a protected person under the CAT.

f) it would also be great if I could get any statistics on the reason why
applications for refugee status were rejected: eg lack of applicant
credibility, domestic protection alternative available, no well founded
fear of persecution, or persecution not for a Convention reason.”

 

Please note that the days from 25 December 2019 to 15 January 2020
(inclusive) are defined as non- working days in the Act and are not
counted in the calculation of the maximum timeframe for our response to
your request. This will affect the time period for responding to your
request.

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course. If you have any enquiries regarding
your request feel free to contact us via email [1][MBIE request email] or
using the contact details below.

 

 

Nâku noa, nâ,

 

 

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

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