2016 Asylum 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.
Q2 2017 Asylum Stats
The immigration statistics for April to June 2017 were released on 24th August 2017. Key asylum figures are below and you can find the data tables here.
- In Q2, there were 6,172 asylum applications, compared with 6,516 in Q1.
- In the last year (Q3 2016 – Q2 2017) there were 27,316 asylum applications, compared with 36,546 in the previous year (Q3 2015 – Q2 2016). This represents a decrease of 25%.
- There were 4,883 initial decisions in Q2 of which 32% were grants of asylum (1,541) and 1% were grants of HP/ DL (38). This compares to 5,953 initial decisions in Q1 of which 31% were grants of asylum (1,825) and 1% were grants of HP/ DL (48).
- In the last year, there were 22,982 initial decisions of which 29% were grants of asylum (6,745) and 1% were grants of HP/ DL (288). This compares to 26,270 initial decisions in the previous year, of which 33% were grants of asylum (8,589) and 1% were grants of HP/ DL (254).
- There were 20,889 cases pending initial at the end of Q2 (of which 10,033 were more than 6 months old. This compares with 20,442 cases pending initial decision at the end of Q1 (of which 8,679 were more than 6 months old).
- In Q2 there were 2,418 appeals received and 3,445 appeals determined, of which 34% were allowed (1,175). This compares to Q1, when 2,590 appeals were received and 5,205 were determined with 35% allowed (1,806).
- In the last year 11,182 appeals were received and 16,264 appeals were determined of which 36% were allowed (5,815). This compares to 12,547 appeals received in the previous year and 9,579 determined of which 42% were allowed (4,066).
- At the end of Q2 there were 38,954 asylum-seekers on section 95 support (2,827 subsistence only and 36,127 in dispersed accommodation). This compares to Q1, when 39,365 asylum-seekers were on section 95 support (2,861 subsistence only, 36,504 in dispersed accommodation).
- At the end of Q2, there were 2,493 receiving section 4 support, compared to 2,462 in Q1.
- At the end of Q2 there were 147 people resettled via the Gateway Protection Programme, 7 via the Mandate Scheme and 1,228 via the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. This compares to 245 via Gateway, 15 via Mandate, and 1,601 via VPR in Q1.
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