Asylum backlogs: August 2019

Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Refugee Council
Publisher
Refugee Council
Date of publication
1 August 2019
Subject(s)
Social Policy, Minority Groups, Families, Children and Young People
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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At the end of June 2019 34,048 of the applications for asylum received since April 2006 from main applicants were pending a decision (either an initial decision or further review).  After decreasing during 2016 this figure rose during 2017 and 2018. The Home Office had previously explained that the rise was due to a drop in staffing levels and that they had taken steps to rectify this; the dip in early 2015 appears to substantiate this. However the number of cases outstanding for more than 6 months increased in each quarter of 2016, before decreasing slightly in the first quarter of 2017. It rose again during the remaining quarters of 2017 and reached the highest figure ever recorded since this data was published (2010) in the second quarter of 2019.There has been a reduction in the number of cases pending further review over recent years but the number increased in quarter 1 of 2019 before falling in quarter 2.

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