2016 statistics last updated 25th May 2017.
In the year ending March 2017, there were 9,634 grants of asylum or an alternative form of protection to main applicants and their dependants, and an additional 6,245 people newly provided with protection and support under a resettlement scheme the UK.
Asylum applications in the UK from main applicants decreased by 17% to 28,891 in the year ending March 2017.
There were 3,680 asylum applications from Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in the year ending March 2017, a 9% increase compared to the previous year (3,389). Overall, UASC applications represented 13% of all main applications for asylum.
Of the 24,293 initial decisions on asylum applications from main applicants, 33% were grants of asylum or an alternative form of protection, compared to 40% in the previous year. A separate Home Office analysis shows that for the years 2012 to 2014, on average 36% of decisions were granted initially, but this proportion rose to 49% after appeal.
There were 1,507 grants of asylum or an alternative form of protection to Syrian nationals at initial decision in the year ending March 2017 and an additional 5,453 Syrian nationals were granted humanitarian protection under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS). Since this scheme began in 2014, a total of 7,307 people have been resettled.
At the end of March 2017, a total of 39,365 people were receiving a cash allowance, somewhere to live, or both, in the UK (under Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999). This number has increased from 35,683 at the end of March 2016. The total figure remains considerably below that for the end of 2003 (the start of the published data series), when there were 80,123 people in receipt of Section 95 support.
Separately, at the end of March 2017, there were 3,821 people receiving support under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
The top countries of origin are Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan,and Bangladesh.
Top EU countries receiving asylum applications, 2016
|Country of application||Total applications||Total positive decisions||Total resettled|
|United Kingdom (HO data)||38,517||9,933||5,181|
The Refugee Council has produced a summary of Children in the Asylum system based on the Quarterly Home Office data on migration. It provides a breakdown on applications, decisions and countries of origin among others.
UK Asylum Statistics for Quarter 1 (January, February, March) 2017
Key asylum figures are below and you can find the data tables here.
- In Q1 (2017), there were 6,516 asylum applications, compared with 7,419 in Q4 (2016).
- There were 5,953 initial decisions in Q1 of which 31% were grants of asylum (1,825) and 1% were grants of HP/ DL (48). This compares with 6,088 initial decisions in Q4, of which 32% were grants of asylum (1,953) and 1% were grants of HP/DL (63).
- There were 20,442 cases pending initial decision at the end of Q1 (of which 8,679 were more than 6 months old). This compares with 21,475 cases pending initial decision at the end of Q4 (of which 8,825 were over 6 months old).
- In Q1, 2,590 appeals were received and 5,205 were determined with 35% allowed (1,806). This compares to Q4, when 3,023 appeals were received and 4,077 were determined with 35% allowed (1,435).
- At the end of Q1, 39,365 asylum-seekers were on section 95 support (2,861 subsistence only, 36,504 in dispersed accommodation). This compares with Q4, when 39,389 asylum seekers were supported (2,763 subsistence only, 36,626 dispersed acc).
- Of these, the majority were in dispersed accommodation in the North West (9,524), followed by the West Midlands (4,980), Yorkshire and Humber (4,738), Scotland (3,485), the North East (3,105), London (3,005), Wales (2,886), the East Midlands (2,604), the South West (839), Norther Ireland (677), East of England (458), and the South East (392).
- At the end of Q1, 2,462 were receiving section 4 support, compared with 2,424 at the end of Q1.
- At the end of Q1 there were 245 people resettled via the Gateway Protection Programme, 15 via the Mandate Scheme, and 1,601 via the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. This compares to 336 via Gateway, 4 via Mandate and 1,292 via VPR in Q4.
Please also remember the person behind the figures.
Sculpture by Frances Bruno Catalano, which symbolizes the vacuum created by being forced to leave your land, your life, your people… for any reason.
Other sources of statistical information:
- Office for National Statistics – Migration Quarterly Report – May 2016
- The Flight of Refugees around the Globe – UN Maps for 2014
- The latest UNHCR Asylum Trends
- Asylum Claims across the EU
- The House of Commons Library Asylum Statistics ( December 2014)
- Refugee Council Briefings on Statistics about refugees and asylum
- Home Office Migration Statistics
- UNHCR Resources including maps, statistics, publications, reports
- Eurostats: an entry to the latest European figures
- Figures from Refugee Action
- Figures from the Red Cross
- Institute of Race Relations
- Migration Observatory
- Medical Justice
- Student Action for Refugees (STAR)
Here is a PowerPoint with 7 charts from the BBC providing 2015 figures for the movement of refugees into Europe:
You can also check the website of the UNHCR and the Refugee Council where the very latest figures can usually be found. Also the Home Office Migration Transparency Data where you can find updated asylum transparency data which includes data on:
- older live cases unit
- the appeal representation rate
- decision quality
- breakdown of adult asylum intake and 6 month decisions by gender
- breakdown of adult 30 day decisions by gender
- asylum work in progress
- breakdown of costs and productivity
- breakdown of cases concluded and removed
- the number of azure cards in use
- asylum support (section 4 and section 95)
- travel documents