Last week the UK Government published quarterly and annual immigration statistics up to the end of June 2020. The data set covers a wide range of themes, but some of the headlines include:
- In the three months to the end of June 2020, 4,732 people claimed asylum in the UK. This marks a 40% decrease on the same period in the previous year.
- Between April-June 2020, the number of main applicants and dependants waiting over six months for a decision on their asylum claim rose for the ninth consecutive quarter. Of the 54,073 main applicants and dependants waiting for an initial decision, 38,756 waited over six months. This means 72% of people waited over six months for a decision.
- No refugee resettlement took place between April-June 2020, as a result of the suspension of flights.
- In the same period, just 131 family reunion visas were granted, a 94% drop compared to the previous quarter.
- In the year ending June 2020, the Home Office granted asylum, humanitarian protection or alternative forms of leave to remain in 53% of cases, up from 44% in the previous year. In the same time period, 45% of asylum appeals were allowed (a record high).
Several partner organisations, including the Refugee Council and Refugee Action, have provided detailed analysis of the data; while Asylum Matters spoke to BBC News about the impact of the growth in delays in asylum decision making and the case to restore the right to work