Pre-arrival services are also expected to be undertaken in Kenya, Syria and Bangladesh 11th March 2011: A maximum number of 750 refugees are expected to be resettled each year. Pre-arrival services are also expected to be undertaken in Kenya, Syria and Bangladesh.
The UK Border Agency has asserted: `We expect that the maximum number of refugees to be resettled each year will be 750. It is anticipated that pre-arrival services will be undertaken in Kenya, Syria and Bangladesh’.
The assertion came as the UKBA called for proposals for the European Refugee Fund (ERF) 2011. It is aimed at organisations setting up projects for assisting resettlement of refugees through the Gateway Protection Programme.
The declaration comes at a time when the Asylum Improvement Project “is exploring new ways to improve the asylum system to speed up the processing of all applications, including family applications”.
Only recently in a written response to Nicholas Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe, Immigration Minister Damian Green said the Asylum Improvement Project is also working on “improving the quality of decision making, achieving greater productivity and efficiency in the asylum process and better, more sustainable, decisions.”
Dakin wanted to know what the Government was doing to ensure that increasing the speed of decision-making on family asylum cases will not affect the fairness and effectiveness of such decisions.
“We are also reviewing the decision making process for family cases as part of the review into ending the detention of children for immigration purposes and we are working with corporate partners to improve the process,” Green said.