New Government statistics released today have shown that the number of people applying for asylum in the UK has fallen over the last year.
Despite increased numbers of refugees across the world, only 27,316 asylum applications were made in the UK, a fall of over 25%.
The statistics also show that there has been a 50% increase over that period in the number of asylum cases that are waiting for longer than six months to receive even an initial decision. More than 10,000 applications have not received a decision within that time, despite the overall reduction in applications
Commenting on the statistics, Dr Edie Friedman, Executive Director of JCORE said:
'We are very pleased to see that over 1,200 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the UK this quarter. It is important for us to look at how that process has gone, what we can learn from it and that the useful elements of the program can be extended to make sure the asylum process as a whole is fairer and more effective.
The statistics make clear that there are necessary reforms to be made to the asylum system. Our stance is that asylum seekers who have been waiting for a decision for longer than six months should be allowed to work - far too many asylum seekers are relying on support whilst being denied the means to provide for themselves.
Furthermore, the Home Office needs to scrutinise the way decisions are made. Clearly something is wrong if there are so many cases going to appeal and those are then being overturned. Not only is this highly traumatic for refugees and asylum seekers, it is a huge waste of taxpayers’ money and government resource.'
The full statistics can be seen here