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Asylum Statistics 2020 vs 2019 in the UK

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What are the statistics on UK asylum between 2019 and 2020?

There are many statistics available on UK asylum cases published by the government on a yearly basis.

The statistics outline in detail how many grants of asylum or protection are applied for, issued, granted, or refused.

An interesting statistic to note is the high rate of success of asylum appeals. Approximately 50% of asylum applicants who submit an appeal will be successful in challenging a Home Office decision.

In 2020, the data shows that the top five nationalities applying for asylum in the UK were from Iran, Albania, Eritrea, Iraq, and Sudan.

In 2019, there were 45,537 applications for asylum, and this figure dropped to 35,041 in 2020.

There were over 2,290 applications from unaccompanied asylum seeker children (often referred to as UASC) in 2020.

In terms of the numbers of refugees settled in the UK in 2020, there were 662 people from Syria, 32 from Sudan, 32 from Somalia, 27 from Eritrea, 17 from Iraq, 16 from Afghanistan, and 37 from a number of other countries.

This article outlines some further details relating to asylum statistics in the UK between 2019 and 2020. If you are seeking asylum and need to speak with an experienced immigration lawyer about your case, contact us for urgent support and advice.

UK asylum statistics 2019

Asylum granted

In 2019, there were 19,408 grants of protection issued. These included individuals who were granted leave under the following routes:

  • Asylum (12,561)
  • Humanitarian protection (1,235)

The additional numbers were met through individuals on a resettlement scheme:

  • Mandate scheme (5,612)
  • Vulnerable children resettlement (489)
  • Gateway protection programme (704)

In addition to these grants of protection, some individuals were also provided with grants of other leave (1,284).

These included:

  • Discretionary leave (156)
  • UASC leave (131)
  • Other grants (947)

Asylum refused

There is a high rate of refusal for asylum claims in the UK (generally two-thirds of claims are refused).

In 2019, there were 13,495 refused asylum applications. This number came from the following groups:

  • Other refusals (10,522)
  • Certified refusal (1,372)
  • Third country refusal (1,601)

As well as this, there was a total of 3,563 withdrawn applications.

UK asylum statistics 2020

Asylum granted

In 2020, almost 30,000 people submitted an application for asylum. In the same year, there were approximately 9,381 grants of protection issued. These came from the following categories:

  • Asylum (7,546)
  • Humanitarian protection (1,012)

The resettlement schemes were significantly lower in 2020 compared to 2019 because many of them were placed on hold throughout the pandemic.

These schemes made up just 823 cases, including the following forms of resettlement:

  • Mandate scheme (5)
  • Vulnerable persons resettlement scheme (79)
  • Gateway protection programme (77)

Other grants of leave totalled 555 successful applications, including the following:

  • Discretionary leave (92)
  • UASC leave (65)
  • Other grants (398)

Asylum refused

In terms of the number of asylum seekers whose applications were refused included the following:

  • Asylum cases (9,978)
    • Other refusals (5,920)
    • Certified refusal (755)
    • Third country refusal (3,303)

In addition, there were 2,955 applications withdrawn, made up of the following categories:

  • Non-substantiated withdrawal (906)
  • Other withdrawal (2,049)

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Can your immigration lawyers help with my asylum case?

Our Birmingham immigration lawyers are ready to assist with your asylum case, no matter what stage of the process you are currently at. We will work closely with you to understand your case and circumstances, as well as your goals.

By working closely with your dedicated immigration adviser, we will ensure that you are given the best possible legal representation and given the most accurate legal advice.

Whether you are submitting your initial application or wish to appeal a decision made on your asylum case, we can help. We can assist you by giving you the most accurate information and giving you the information that you need to make an informed decision about your future.

Some of the support and assistance we provide includes the following:

  • Assess your eligibility for asylum in the UK and advise on any alternative options
  • Complete your application to the highest standard
  • Assist with the preparation for your asylum interview
  • Write a letter of representation to submit with your application outlining the merits of your case
  • Engage with the Home Office throughout the processing of your case
  • Support you in gathering the documents needed to support your case

If you are looking for an experienced asylum lawyer, contact our Birmingham team of lawyers today for immediate advice. If you need support with other areas of immigration law, including Spouse Visa applications or indefinite leave to remain, we are happy to assist with these.

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