Sanctuary in Parliament III “Standing up for the Right to Asylum”.

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Sanctuary in Parliament III “Standing up for the Right to Asylum”.

Date: 29 Nov 2016
Time: 11:30 – 15:00
Venue: Committee Room 14 Westminster, London SW1A 0AA


Bookings are now open for the third Sanctuary in Parliament event which will be in Committee Room 14, Westminster on Tuesday 29th November from 12 to 15.30.  Arrival from 11.30. Our theme is Standing up for the Right to Asylum and an expansion of Safe and Legal Routes to the UK.  Committee Room 13 will also be available for constituents to meet with their MPs between 12.30 and 14.30.

We are relying  on supporters across our network and partners to write to their MP and urge them to attend.  We have made available a sample template letter  to invite your MP  to help you with this and we encourage you to adapt it to suit. This is an opportunity to engage with your MP even if you cannot attend and then you will be able to also follow this up with them afterwards.  We also encourage invitations to peers from the House of Lords. Find your MP here.

To book your place please email with your name and your organisation and constituency. Please let us know if you are a refugee and/or if you need help with your transport and we will send you a travel expenses form. Travel expenses are not guaranteed for everyone and will depend on meeting the criteria as stated in the travel expenses application form. We will accept bookings from across the UK and our partners in and beyond the sanctuary alliance, but we will try to manage these to ensure a fair distribution of places both geographically and from across the sector. Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. Contact us through if you require further information.

Please promote this event and the need for everyone to invite their MPs via your networks and social media. The hashtag is #SanctuaryinParliament

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