Almost 500 refugees from around the world are seeking asylum in Northern Ireland.
The fate of the 497 asylum seekers, who are awaiting a decision on their future, lies with the UK Home Office.
Belfast-based journalism project Detail Data extracted the Northern Ireland figures from Home Office immigration statistics, which include quarterly figures on asylum, detention and removals. According to the figures, 212 people were detained between April-June 2015 at Larne House, the North’s only holding centre for immigrants, including asylum seekers.
In the same period, people from 37 countries were seeking asylum in Northern Ireland, including 154 applications from China and 14 from Syria.
The statistics cover only those asylum seekers judged to be “destitute” and whose applications have not been finalised.