The backlog of asylum functions was simply over 134,000, or 175,457 as soon as dependents are included
BRITAIN’s backlog of asylum functions awaiting a call hit a file excessive within the yr to June and the variety of these making use of was the very best in twenty years, in accordance with official figures printed on Thursday (24), in a blow to the federal government.
The Residence Workplace stated 78,768 asylum functions have been made by individuals who arrived within the nation illegally within the 12 months to June, up 19 per cent on the earlier yr.
The backlog of asylum functions was simply over 134,000, or 175,457 as soon as dependents are included, including to stress on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who in December pledged to clear the preliminary backlog of instances by the top of this yr. Round 80 per cent of these have been ready greater than six months.
Sunak has made cracking down on unlawful migration a precedence earlier than a nationwide election anticipated subsequent yr, pitching his Conservatives as being more durable on the difficulty than the opposition Labour Celebration, which enjoys a powerful lead in opinion polls.
In search of to discourage folks from arriving in Britain, the federal government is transferring migrants onto disused navy websites and barges and intends to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda, though that plan has been slowed down within the courts.
“This can be a disastrous file for the prime minister and Residence Secretary,” stated Stephen Kinnock, Labour’s immigration spokesperson.
“With this degree of mismanagement, there may be little or no prospect of lowering the eye-wateringly excessive invoice for lodge rooms for all these left in limbo, at present costing the British taxpayer 6 million kilos a day.”
The federal government stated within the yr to June there have been 23,702 preliminary choices made on asylum functions, up 61 per cent on the earlier yr. Of these, 71 per cent have been grants of refugee standing, humanitarian safety or various types of go away.