In some cases, UK government immigration rules allow asylum seekers who wait more than 12 months (through no fault of their own) for a decision to apply for a work permit. However, they can only apply for a limited range of jobs on the list of occupations in shortage. It does not go far enough. An Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child (UASC) is a person under the age of 18 who applies for asylum in the UK, is separated from both parents and is not cared for by a parent or guardian in the UK. From 2006 to 2021, there were approximately 32,244 initial decisions on UASC applications, of which 77% (24,771) were asylum or other residence permits. In 2021, there were 2,278 such grants, a similar result to 2019 (Figure 13). In January 2021, the UK government introduced new rules allowing it to decide that an asylum application is „inadmissible”, meaning it will not be examined in the UK. These rules replace the Dublin Regulations, which will no longer apply to the UK after Brexit. As of 31 December 2021, around 60,000 asylum seekers were receiving assistance under Article 95 or Article 4, of whom around 56,000 (93%) were living in scattered accommodation for asylum seekers across the UK. The region of the United Kingdom with the highest number of asylum seekers per 10,000 inhabitants was the north-east, where around 19 asylum seekers per 10,000 inhabitants were admitted.
The region of the United Kingdom with the fewest asylum seekers in terms of population was the South East, which received about two asylum seekers per 10,000 inhabitants (Figure 9, regional bar chart). There are no regularly published statistics on the number of asylum seekers staying in hotels or bed and breakfasts. A report by the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration shows a sharp increase in the number of people staying in hotels in 2021: from about 8,000 in May to about 22,000 in November (p. 9). In early February 2022, it was reported that around 25,000 asylum seekers and 12,000 evacuees from Afghanistan were living in British hotels. The government does not provide regular statistics on asylum seekers, broken down by mode of entry into the UK. Therefore, we do not know what proportion arrived by a visa-free trip, with a visa, with false documents or secretly, such as with a small boat or by pulling over to a truck. The Home Office expects people to apply for asylum as soon as they enter the UK.
If you don`t, the Home Office can say you`re not really in danger. If you did not apply for asylum when you arrived in the UK, you must explain why you did not apply for asylum immediately and, if possible, prove it. Campaigns such as Lift the Ban highlight the importance of giving all asylum seekers the right to work so they can use their skills and live in dignity. The Lift the Ban coalition estimates that preventing asylum seekers from working costs taxpayers more than £300 million a year. This data includes people who have been granted asylum or other leave or who have remained in the UK without legal immigration status. They partly reflect the increase in asylum claims and departures in the late 1990s and early 2000s (Figure 2). However, it is not possible to apply for asylum from outside the UK and there is no visa that allows people to enter the UK to apply for asylum. This means that most people have no choice but to enter the UK without permission. People can hide in vehicles, on boats or on planes with a fake passport. The IRC believes that no one should lose their right to seek asylum while trying to reach safety. Learn more about IRC`s analysis on citizenship and border law and the changes we are calling for. UNHCR said some provisions of the new law violate the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, which establishes the rights of refugees and allows people to seek asylum wherever they wish.
„The UK is a nation that is rightly proud of its long history of welcoming and protecting refugees,” he said. „It is disappointing that it is taking an approach aimed at deterring asylum seekers by downgrading most refugees to a new lower status, with few rights and a constant threat of deportation.” Some time after your selection interview, you will then conduct your asylum interview. This is the long and thorough interview where you explain why you would be in danger if you returned to your country. For more information on the merits hearing and how to prepare for it, see our guide to hearing on the merits. Nor do we have clear information on the duration of asylum applications. Data are provided on the proportion of applications that receive a first decision within 6 months and on the number of applications currently pending, but it is not possible to calculate from existing data how long it takes for the „average” asylum application to receive a first decision or final result. In the EU+ (for the year ending September 2021), Germany had the highest number of asylum seekers, followed by France. Compared to the EU+ for the same period, the UK received the 4th highest number of applicants and 8% of the total asylum seekers in the EU+ and the UK. Calculated per capita of its population, the United Kingdom had the 18th highest number of admissions (UNHCR). If you do not apply for asylum immediately after entering the UK, you will usually need to register your asylum application by telephone to make an appointment with the screening unit in Croydon.
This also applies to adults and children – but in the case of unaccompanied children, they should conduct their welfare interview locally, rather than having to travel to Croydon if it is not the nearest Home Office office. A person who successfully applies for an independent visa (such as a tourist visa) can legally enter the UK and apply for asylum without violating Article 40 of the NABA.