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3.6 Home Office Data

Home Office data provide information on people in contact with the Home Office for different reasons, e.g., citizenship or asylum applications. Most Home Office data are only available at the national level, although exceptions include data on asylum seekers in receipt of Section 95 support, refugees resettled through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) and people attending citizenship ceremonies.

Local authority data on asylum seekers in receipt of Section 95 support include asylum seekers who are destitute and whose claims are still pending. The local-authority level figures do not include people on Section 98 support, which is provided while a claim for Section 95 support is being considered, or Section 4 support, which may be provided to asylum seekers whose claims have been refused but who are temporarily unable to leave the UK. 

For more information about Section 95 and asylum in the UK please see the Migration Observatory briefing, Migration to the UK: Asylum and Resettled Refugees.

To learn more, please visit the Home Office website