(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.
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.
|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|
(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