New UK asylum figures show decrease in number of people seeking protection here

Figures released today show an overall reduction in the number of people seeking refugee protection in the UK. The figures include a 20% decrease in the number of unaccompanied children seeking protection here.

Also notable in today’s figures is the volume (37%) of negative asylum decisions which are later overturned on appeal. This high figure raises questions, once more,  about the quality of Home Office decision-making and why it so regularly and incorrectly refuses people the protection they are entitled to.

In response, Sabir Zazai, Chief Executive of Scottish Refugee Council said:

“Unfortunately this decrease in the number of children seeking protection here does not reflect a decrease in need. There are still 65 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes as a result of conflict and violence. The decrease in people seeking asylum in the UK only reflects an increase in barriers and restrictions preventing people from seeking safety here. The lack of safe and legal routes, particularly for families with children, is a major barrier and leaves people at risk of further violence, exploitation and family separation.

“Reduced overall numbers of people in the UK’s asylum system should mean less pressure on the Home Office’s caseworkers. We hope this leads to an increase in correct decision-making first time round, a reduction in waiting times for decisions and an improved experience for everyone whose lives hang in the balance when going through the UK’s asylum system.”

Scottish Refugee Council works with children who have arrived here unaccompanied and separated from their parents and families. Our ‘Guardians’ work intensively with these young people to help them with all aspects of life and to support them to go on and thrive in Scotland. Find out more about the Scottish Guardianship Service