Statement on latest Home Office statistics

Scottish Induction Service c. Jenny Wicks
Scottish Induction Service (c. Jenny Wicks)

The Home Office has today released its quarterly asylum statistics for May-July 2010. The statistics show a drop in the number of applications for asylum compared to the same period in 2009.

The total number of applications for asylum in the UK (including dependents) in this period was 5,370, compared to 7,030 in the same period in 2009.

Asylum system must be fair and sensitive

Gary Christie, policy and research manager for Scottish Refugee Council, said: ‘Global events such as war and conflict mean that the numbers of people applying for asylum in the UK goes both up and down.

'For the few people who manage to seek safety in our country, it is crucial that the asylum system deals with their claim in a fair and sensitive way.

‘When budget cuts are taking place across the public services, it is vital not to forget this small but vulnerable group of people who desperately need our support.'