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Government Report Highlights Impact of COVID-19 on UK Immigration

Government Report Highlights Impact of COVID-19 on UK Immigration

A new report released today by the Home Office uncovers the many ways coronavirus is impacting immigration and asylum seekers in the UK from hundreds still awaiting a verdict on their claim to the Home Office temporarily backing out of its refugee resettlement commitment.  

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Government Report Highlights Impact of COVID-19 on UK Immigration

Today it has emerged the number of asylum seekers being granted a right to remain in the UK has “fallen sharply” since the COVID-19 crisis. 

Officials are pinpointing the decline to the Coronavirus effect in that decision-making has become slow due to disruptions and staff absences. 

Official statistics were published today by the Home Office on the impact COVID-19 is having on the country and on the immigration system

The news comes as official statistics were published today by the Home Office on the impact COVID-19 is having on the country and on the immigration system. The report finds that only 300 “initial decisions” on whether to grant Refugee Status were taken across the first four weeks of the nationwide lockdown. 

The figure is cause for concern since the total comes to only one-sixth of the figure in the four weeks before the restrictions were imposed, and many will be living in the UK in a state of limbo as a result.

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A new Home Office report reveals how Coronavirus is impacting immigration and asylum seekers in the UK. [Image: Boundless.]
Those waiting in the wings to receive Refugee Status are prohibited from employment and receive a specific Government allowance to survive off – usually around £37 per week. Some are additionally entitled to temporary accommodation, but campaigners warn the pittance allowance coupled with the prospect of shared housing could put hundreds of vulnerable asylum seekers at risk from the virus and from economic hardship. 

Campaigners warn the pittance allowance coupled with the prospect of shared housing could put hundreds of vulnerable asylum seekers at risk from the virus and from economic hardship

And that is not all the report reveals: the Home Office further intends on temporarily withdrawing from the refugee resettlement scheme. Vulnerable people, including children, that live in countries such as Syria were able to come to the UK to start a new life, free from war and violence, up until the Coronavirus outbreak.

The last resettlement arrival touched down on UK soil on 12 March – almost three months ago. All scheduled resettlement plans that were arranged before lockdown have subsequently been cancelled with the Home Office saying that reopening the scheme would depend on a “number of factors”. The factors to consider include if any travel restrictions continue to prevail, the resumption of flights and the country of origin of the prospective people who require resettlement. 

All scheduled resettlement plans that were arranged before lockdown have subsequently been cancelled with the Home Office saying that reopening the scheme would depend on a “number of factors”.

The report is published amid concerns over air travel in the UK ramps up. The UK plans on implementing a 14-day mandatory quarantine for all new arrivals in June after 122,000 people flew into the country last month, of which 48,900 were foreign nationals. 

If you are concerned about your immigration status or you are in the process of claiming asylum, contact Birmingham Immigration Lawyers to see how we can shoulder some of your burden on 0121 667 6530.