Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) how many (a) asylum applications and (b) asylum applications rejected on the grounds of non-compliance there have been in each month of the last three years, indicating the (i) monthly and (ii) yearly change expressed as a percentage;

(2) what recent assessment he has made of (a) the number of asylum applications rejected on the grounds of non-compliance, (b) the number of cases waiting to be processed by the Appeals Tribunal and (c) the relationship between the two.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Home office)

The requested information on refusals to grant asylum on grounds of non-compliance over the last three years is provided in the table.

Non-compliance refusals rose by over 21 times in 2000, due to seven times as many refusals and a three times higher proportion of refusals on non-compliance grounds. Provisional figures show the proportion of refusals made on non-compliance grounds has fallen from 32 per cent. in 2000 to 25 per cent. in the first seven months of 2001.

Immigration Appellate Authority (IAA) statistics show the number of asylum 'cases in progress' increased by 168 per cent. over the past 15 months. From 7,735 cases awaiting a final promulgation at the end of June 2000, outstanding cases have risen to 20,751 at the end of September 2001. This is due to the increase in asylum appeals received from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate over the same period, during which the IAA also expanded.

Analysis of cases for which data are available shows that, in percentage terms, refusals on non-compliance grounds result in fewer appeals to the IAA than other refusals.

Applications for asylum to the UK and refusals on grounds of non-compliance, for cases decided under normal criteria(8), not including dependents, 1998–2001(9)
Month/year Asylum applications Percentage change on previous month/year Total refusals Non-compliance refusals(10) Percentage change on previous month/year Non-compliance percentage of total refusals
1998 46,015 42 22,315 2,995 -17 13
1999 71,160 55 11,025 1,085 -64 10
2000(11) 80,315 13 75,680 24,295 2,139 32
2001(11),(12) 39,280 (13) 61,965 15,780 (13) 25
1998
January 2,860 -8 2,130 360 47 17
February 2,650 -7 2,240 250 -31 11
March 3,200 21 2,270 280 12 12
April 3,135 -2 1,850 250 -11 14
May 3,110 -1 1,690 260 4 15
June 3,575 15 1,790 255 -2 14
July 4,215 18 1,840 340 33 18
August 4,420 5 1,595 225 -34 14
September 4,455 1 1,885 230 2 12
October 5,010 12 2,290 245 7 11
November 4,620 -8 2,100 275 12 13
December 4,770 3 645 25 -91 4
1999
January 4,700 -1 540 5 -80 1
February 4,185 -11 810 40 700 5
March 5,060 21 945 50 25 5
April 4,905 -3 1,060 25 -50 2
May 5,370 9 830 45 80 5
June 6,130 14 780 20 -56 3
July 6,440 5 840 30 50 4
August 7,120 11 835 200 567 24
September 7,355 3 830 45 -78 5
October 6,295 -14 1,370 150 233 11
November 6,420 2 1,325 245 63 18
December 7,180 12 855 220 -10 26
2000
January 6,110 -15 2,390 245 11 10
February 6,110 0 5,025 920 276 18
March 6,680 9 7,570 2,115 130 28
April 6,855 3 4,205 (13) (13) (13)
May 6,725 -2 5,455 1,520 (13) 28
June 6,545 -3 6,565 2,035 34 31
July 6,870 5 6,280 1,895 -7 30
August 6,770 -1 7,155 2,895 53 40
September 6,790 0 6,160 2,610 -10 42
October 7,230 6 7,105 2,965 14 42
November 7,500 4 10,060 4,325 46 43
December 6,125 -18 7,710 2,770 -36 36
2001
January 6,380 4 10,935 3,495 26 32
February 5,520 -13 11,235 3,460 -1 31
March 5,815 5 14,180 3,110 -10 22
April 5,000 -14 7,030 1,415 -55 20
May 5,290 6 7,180 1,625 15 23
June 5,300 0 5,970 1,400 -14 23
July 5,975 13 5,435 1,285 -8 24

(8) Exclude cases decided under the backlog clearance exercise, aimed at reducing the pre-1996 asylum application backlog.

(9) Figures (other than percentages) rounded to the nearest five.

(10) Failure to provide evidence to support the asylum claim within a reasonable period, including failure to respond to invitation to interview to establish identity.

(11) 2000 and 2001 data are provisional

(12) 2001-January to July

(13) Not available

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