Refugee Council cals for expeditious reforms 25th February 2011: More than one in four refusals in asylum cases were overturned at appeal. Expressing great concern over the figures, chief executive of the Refugee Council Donna Covey has called for expeditious reforms in the system of dealing with all such cases.
Covey said they were aware that the government was looking at improving the decision-making process for asylum cases. But the authorities must do so as a matter of urgency to ensure that those in need of protection were not returned to countries where their lives were at risk, she said.
The assertion came as the quarterly immigration figures by the Office for National Statistics show of those granted settlement, the number of asylum-related cases increased by almost two-thirds to 5,125, compared with 3,110 in 2009.
The figures also revealed that the number of asylum applications also dipped to their lowest in eight years. The pleas were down by more than a quarter to 17,790 last year, compared with 24,485 in 2009 and 84,130 in 2002.
Other figures also revealed the number of failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants being removed from the UK hit a five-year low.
Approximately 57,085 either left the country voluntarily or were deported last year. According to the Home Office, it was down 15 per cent.
Officials said it was primarily due to a perceptible drop in the number of cases being refused at a port, which used to be included in removal statistics.