High success rates in asylum appeals

High success rates in asylum appeals point to poor decision making at an early stage, says Scottish Refugee Council

The UK Border Agency released its figures on asylum for Quarter 2 of 2010 today. The figures show that nearly a third (27%) of appeals made on refused asylum cases are successful – compared to just 20% in the same period two years ago.

Figures for appellants from some countries were even higher – nearly 50% for asylum appellants from Somalia and Ethiopia, for example.

According to Scottish Refugee Council, this points to increasingly poor decision making by the UK Border Agency. We are calling for an overhaul of the asylum system to include providing quality legal advice for all new asylum applicants from the start of the process.

John Wilkes, Chief Executive of Scottish Refugee Council said: ‘These are worrying statistics and underline the need for the UK Border Agency to make much better assessments on these life and death cases.

‘The coalition government is currently reviewing the way asylum decisions are made. We call on the UK government to take heed of these figures and ensure people seeking safety in our country get a fair hearing from the word go.’


For more information contact Clare Harris or Karin Goodwin on 0141 223 7927 or 07734 030763 or email media@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

Notes to Editors

The Home Office figures on immigration and asylum are released on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. The current figures refer to the period April-June 2010. You can read the full statistics on their website: http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/immiq210.pdf

 Scottish Refugee Council is an independent charity dedicated to providing advice, information and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland

We play a leading role in policy development and campaign on refugee issues to ensure that Scotland plays a full role in meeting the UK's legal and humanitarian obligations under the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees.