Grant rate for asylum falls to 12 per cent
02 December 2009: Nearly 80 per cent of asylum seekers in the UK failed to qualify for international protection, latest figures reveal. The figures were part of the immigration statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday 26 November.
The figures also reveal the grant rate for asylum has fallen to 12 per cent; less than 40 per cent of cases are being granted.
Quoting the figures, the Home Office has made it clear failed asylum seekers would be forcibly removed, if they do not depart voluntarily.
Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said: We will continue to grant refuge to those that genuinely need it, in accordance with Britain’s proud traditions. However, the latest statistics show that 79 per cent of asylum seekers did not qualify for international protection. We expect those people to return home. If they do not do so voluntarily, we will enforce their removal.’
Woolas added: ‘Our border has never been stronger, as illustrated by the fall in asylum applications and the record numbers we are stopping at Calais.
The assertion follows government’s clear stand of according priority to the asylum pleas. Just over two months after the government claimed pending cases of asylum seekers would be cleared by 2011. Official figures released subsequently show decisions on asylum cases have risen 38 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2008.
Available information also suggests in December 2008 the UK Border Agency met its target of concluding 60 per cent of new asylum cases within six months.
The statistics also reveal the applications for asylum have dropped to 5,055 for the third quarter of 2009 – a 24 per cent reduction compared to the same quarter in 2008.