UK asylum claims hit highest level since 2010

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UK asylum claims hit highest level since 2010

According to the Home Office, asylum claims in the UK have risen to their highest level for nearly 20 years, as the head of the Refugee Council calls for less nationalist posturing over people fleeing war zones.

There is a record number of cases waiting to be dealt with with 67,547 people in the queue and more than 125,000 waiting to be removed from the UK.

The head of the Refugee Council wants the government to find a better and more humane way to deal with refugees and asylum claims.

In the last week, the council found that almost all arrivals in the 18 months to June this year were from 10 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Eritrea and Afghanistan, where persecution is not uncommon. It said that more than six out of 10 people from these countries who are seeking asylum in the UK are granted refugee status or protection.

The Council's chief executive, Enver Solomon, said he needed to stop and think again about the horrific deaths in the Channel. More global leadership, more intelligent realism, less nationalist posturing and most importantly, less punitive control are all things that are less empty rhetoric, more intelligent realism and more intelligent realism. A government spokeswoman said that the statistics showed the complex scale of the global migration crisis and that the Home Office's new points-based system is delivering on the people's priorities by welcoming those who have the skills the country needs, and encouraging businesses to invest in British people, rather than people risking their lives making dangerous crossings a reference to an EU-wide policy. It has been criticised by countries such as Italy and Greece, which have been the first port of call for millions of people fleeing African countries, such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the year to September, 37,562 applications were made, more than any 12 month period since June 2004, when just over 40,000 applications were made. More than 50,000 people have waited more than six months for a decision in the year to 31 March 2021, as shown by the numbers seen at the peak of the European migration crisis in 2015 and 2016 36,546 Data.

Separate figures released on Thursday show that the Home Office is facing a huge backlog dealing with EU citizens who are already in the country who need to live, work, study or retire in the UK.

More than 5.8 million EU and European Economic Area citizens and their families, including 1 million children, have been granted immigration status to stay in the UK post-Brexit, according to official data.

There is a queue of 400,000 people waiting for a decision, and a second backlog of people who have already been granted temporary pre-settled status who are obliged to make a fresh application to stay before they have been in the UK for five years or more.

The latest figures on asylum applications show that 67,547 people were waiting for a decision at the end of September, up 41% year-on-year and the highest since current records began in June 2010.