475,000 asylum pleas pending disposal

Another set of 25,000 asylum pleas are awaiting resolution
27th April 2011: Another set of approximately 25,000 asylum applications, some as old as five years, are awaiting resolution.
In fact, the figures released by the UK Border Agency show 25,345 new asylum cases are awaiting initial decision, the outcome of an appeal or judicial review.

A substantial number of cases are of people battling against removal through the judicial process.

The pleas are in addition to 450,000 “forgotten” asylum cases. Discovered in 2006, some of them are dating back to the 1990s. With this, it is clear that more than 475,000 pleas are pending disposal.

It is also apparent Government attempts to deal with most new cases within six months is not proving all that effective.

The latest set of applications apparently gathering dust include cases where even the initial decision on the applicants’ claims are yet to be made.

So far, the Home Office has admitted just about one in 10 have been removed and 75,000 are missing.

The figures have once again brought to fore the apprehensions that the failed asylum seekers may eventually get to stay in the UK under the human rights laws, as they have been here so long awaiting decision.

Reacting to the statistics, Ukip MEP Gerard Batten said the longer people stay here the chances of them being asked to leave grow smaller. This is made possible by human rights laws and the EU which controls our asylum criteria.
Sir Andrew Green of MigrationWatch added this was evidence of the growing legal difficulties which were being thrown in the way of the rapid resolution of these cases.

Only recently, it was revealed as many as 74,500 asylum seekers are reported to be undetectable. Less than one in 10 asylum seekers in the backlog of more than 400,000 claims has been removed from the UK.

The figures were divulged by Jonathan Sedgwick, the acting chief of the UK Border Agency, when he was questioned by MPs on the Home Affairs Committee about clearing the backlog of up to 450,000 asylum applications.

Some of the applications are pending since mid-Nineties. Sedgwick asserted just nine per cent of the cases, that is 36,270, ended up with applicants being removed.

Sedgwick said about 40 per cent two in five of the asylum seekers – were granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

More than 161,000 were given the right to remain in the UK. It was so, as they, were in the country for so long that human rights laws ruled that they could not be deported.

Sedgwick accepted that some claims may have originally been refused, but the time taken to remove them meant they had now gained new rights.

Of the left out files, an estimated 129,000 were errors or duplicates and 75,000 are in the finished controlled archive as they could not be located.

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