Asylum: Applications

Home Office written question – answered on 8th June 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Kinnock Stephen Kinnock Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many decision makers in her Department are working on processing the backlog of asylum applications.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Asylum Operations currently have c.820 asylum decision working on processing asylum applications, with some completing their foundation training programme and completing their mentoring period. We anticipate a further increase in the number of decisions per week once their training is complete. We are also continuing to recruit additional decision makers.

The department is also investing in a programme of transformation and business improvement initiatives that will speed up and simplify decision making, reduce the time people spend in the asylum system and decrease the number of people who are awaiting an interview or decision.

The department also have extensive recruitment and training plans in place, including career progression options to aid the retention of staff.

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