Asylum in Britain has Dropped by 26%
The British Independent newspaper reported on its online version Monday that the number of asylum-seekers in Britain dropped by 26 percent last year, while the British government rejected more than half of applicants who applied for asylum there.
At the same time, asylum seekers face delays in the application process, with 14,528 people waiting longer than the six-month target set by the government from June 2018.
Activists have described the refusal to grant asylum as “unrealistically high” standards for asylum seekers, saying asylum seekers are expected to seek “impossible” evidence such as evidence of torture or sexual violence.
The data showed that 4,498 people were granted asylum in the current year to June, 26 percent less than the previous 12 months.
The number of approvals for other forms of protection has increased markedly, such as resettlement plans and family reunification. The number of approved applications increased from 962 to 1255 last year, but these relatively small figures do not compensate for the decline in the number of Persons with asylum.
Ciaran Price, public relations officer at the Refugee Assistance Organization in London, said it was unusual for the number of people protected, after escaping from war and persecution, to drop to that extent in one year, adding that it was in part due to the Ministry The British interior decisions are “unfair”.
Bryce said the British Ministry of the Interior was setting unrealistically high standards of proof, expecting asylum seekers to provide impossible evidence such as birth certificates they might have left while fleeing violence or providing evidence that documents accurate details of sexual assault.
A spokesman for the British Home Office said that Britain has an honorable history of providing protection to those who need it. Since the beginning of 2010, the country has protected more than 97,000 people, including 31,000 children.