Asylum


Written Evidence On Channel Crossings Submitted To House Of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee

1.  We make this submission after considering reports and official statistics that have been released about Channel crossings, asylum and enforcement in recent months. These include publications by the Home Office (HO), the National Audit Office (NAO), the House of Commons Library, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee and the Independent Chief Inspector of […]

Asylum Being Abused: Claimants Caught Lying About Age

Last year the UK received more than 3,500 unaccompanied asylum seeking children, the highest number of any country in Europe (see Hansard debate, September 2020). Yet Home Office figures show that over half (or 52%) of asylum seekers whose age was checked after they claimed to be under 18 were found to be adults between […]

23rd November 2020 (Asylum, Current Affairs, Legal Matters, Policy)

Estimated Cost Of Housing And Payments For Failed Asylum Claimants

What is the estimated cost of supporting asylum seekers and how has it changed? 1. The overall cost of the asylum system is nearly £1 billion per annum (Home Office figures for 2019/20). As part of this spending, the government is required by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (henceforth ‘the 1999 Act’) to provide […]

3rd October 2020 (Asylum, Enforcement, Legal Matters, Policy)

Only One In Every 42 Illegal Channel Arrivals Returned To Europe

Between 1 January 2019 and 1 October 2020, 237 migrants who crossed the English Channel were returned to mainland Europe. This is just over 2% of of just under 10,000 or so people who have been reported illegally crossing the Channel since the start of 2019 (see our Tracker) – only one in every 42 […]

Trends In Asylum-related Support And Accommodation

The number of asylum claimants accommodated in hotels has increased to more than 9,000. Home Office officials told the House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee that 9,500 people have been put up in almost a hundred hotels in around 50 local authority areas. This number has more than doubled over the summer, since the […]

18th September 2020 (Asylum, Migration Trends, Policy, Refugees)

Illegal Channel Crossings Are A Huge Injustice

Illegal Channel crossings have spiralled upwards this year. More people crossed in September 2020 than during all of 2019. It’s part of a larger European debacle which began in earnest with Angela Merkel’s foolhardy invitation in the summer of 2015 to irregular migrants to come to Germany. Nearly 1.9 million people have illegally crossed into […]

Rocketing Asylum Costs Combine With Widespread Abuse

New data released by the Home Office confirms that the cost of the asylum system has risen from £474 million in 2014/15 to £956 million in 2019/20. The latter total is equivalent to paying salaries of over 30,000 police officers (see average police office salary here). The data was quietly issued as part of this […]

Some Are In Denial About The Massive Abuse Of Our Asylum System

Recently we pointed to an explosive claim that there has been a recent ‘increase in abuse’ of the asylum system. This triggered the open borders industry. Clearly we struck a nerve. We cited as a source a June 2020 National Audit Office report (NAO) on immigration enforcement which examined a claim by the Home Office […]

Channel Tracking Station – Unauthorised Crossings From France

10,482 people have been reported illegally crossing the English Channel in small boats from safe countries such as France or Belgium since the start of 2018. The total is based on a combination of Home Office statistics and figures reported in the media. A number of lives have been needlessly lost on unnecessary journeys from […]

70% Of Albanians Who Applied For Asylum Between 2008-2014 Are Still In The Uk

Various newspapers have today carried reports that two men have been charged with people smuggling after a boat carrying 18 Albanian nationals was rescued off the Kent coast. For context, below is data from the Home Office on the outcome of asylum applications lodged by Albanian nationals. In the past, Home Office data shows that […]

31st May 2016 (Asylum, Migration Trends)

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