City of Sanctuary | Statistics, Facts and Figures

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Key Facts from the Home Office last updated 3rd March 2016.

Asylum applications from main applicants increased by 29% to 32,414 in 2015, the highest number of applications since 2004 (33,960). Including dependants, the number of asylum applications increased by 20% from 32,344 in 2014 to 38,878 in 2015, and there were around 1 dependant for every 5 main applicants.

The largest number of applications for asylum came from nationals of Eritrea (3,729), followed by Iran (3,248), Sudan (2,918) and Syria (2,609).

Estimated figures show the UK had the ninth highest number (39,000) of asylum applications within the EU in 2015, including dependants. Germany (431,000), Sweden (163,000) and Hungary (163,000) were the 3 EU countries that received the highest number of asylum applications, together accounting for 62% of asylum application in the EU.

Grant rates vary between nationalities; for example, at initial decision, the grant rate for Syrian nationals was 85%, compared with 21% for Pakistani nationals. The overall grant rate at initial decision for all nationalities was 39% in 2015.

UK Asylum Statistics for Quarter 1 (January, February, March) 2016

In Q1, there were 8,228 asylum applications, compared with 10,100 in Q4

There were 6,644 initial decisions in Q1, of which 30% were grants of asylum (1,963) and 1% were grants of HP/DL (52). This compares with 6,901 initial decisions in Q4, of which 35% were grants of asylum (2,381) and 1% were grants of HP/DL (78).

Pending cases
There were 19,128 cases pending initial decision at the end of Q1 (of which 5,059 were over 6 months old). This compares with 18,111 cases pending initial decision at the end of Q4 (of which 3,626 were over 6 months old).

In Q1, 2,960 appeals were received and 1,974 were determined, 43% were allowed (840).

In Q4, 3,252 appeals were received and 2,031 were determined, 43% were allowed (874).

Asylum Support
At the end of Q1, 35,683 asylum seekers were supported (2,748 subsistence only, 32,935 dispersed acc), compared with 34,363 who were supported (2,931 subsistence only,31,432 dispersed acc) in Q4.
At the end of Q1, 2,366 were receiving S4 support, compared with 2,525 at the end of 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:

You can also check the website of the UNHCR and the Refugee Council where the very latest figures can usually be found.  Also 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