Asylum applications (UK figures)

These are the latest available full-year statistics from 2013 for the UK. Separate figures are not provided by the Home Office for Scotland. Source: Home Office Immigration and Asylum Statistics.

  • There were 23,507 applications in 2013 
  • There was an increase in applications by particular nationalities, including Syria (+681), Eritrea (+649), and Albania (+507)
  • While Syria saw the largest increase in applications, the highest number of applications came from Pakistan (3,343), Iran (2,417) and Sri Lanka (1,808)
  • Asylum applications were at their lowest in 2010 (17,916), since a peak in 2002 (84,130)
  • The estimated number of asylum applications to the 28 EU countries was approximately 435,000 in 2013

Asylum Applications (Scotland Figures)

These are full year statistics fom 2012 for Scotland. Source: Scottish Intergration Service (SIS).

  • Applications in 2012 were 1029
  • The language most commonly spoken by applicants was Farsi (22%). The second most common language was Arabic (21%) and the third was English (16%)