The number of people offered asylum in the UK is falling to its lowest level since 2014

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The number of people providing asylum, resettlement and other forms of protection in the UK fell to its lowest level in seven years during the pandemic, new figures show.

A total of 8,640 people received protection, a decrease of 58 percent from 20,331 in the previous year.

It is the lowest number for a 12-month period since the year to September 2014.

The decline reflects the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to fewer asylum decisions and an interruption in resettlement, the Interior Ministry released the figures.

The number of people providing asylum, resettlement and other forms of protection in the UK fell to its lowest level in seven years during the pandemic. Pictured: Many of those seeking asylum are believed to have continued to arrive by small boats across the English Channel

A sharp drop in the number of air passengers has probably also reduced the number of people traveling to the UK via this route for asylum.

Many of those seeking asylum are also believed to have continued to arrive by small boats across the English Channel.

All resettlement activities in the UK were interrupted between March and November 2020, leading to a 93 percent drop in resettlement grants from 4,968 in 2019/20 to just 353 in 2020/21.

Grants in response to an asylum application had increased in each 12-month period from the year to June 2018 (8,616) to the year to March 2020 (15,363).

There were 26,903 asylum applications (related to 32,411 people) in the UK in 2020/21, almost a quarter (24 percent) less than the previous year

There were 26,903 asylum applications (related to 32,411 people) in the UK in 2020/21, almost a quarter (24 percent) less than the previous year

But since then, the number has fallen steadily, with 8,287 applications granted in the year to March 2021, a year-over-year decline of 46 percent.

There were 26,903 asylum applications (related to 32,411 people) in the UK in 2020/21, almost a quarter (24 percent) less than the previous year.

This included 2,044 applications from unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, down 42 percent year-on-year.

Mike Adamson, CEO of the British Red Cross, commented on the figures: ‘Despite fewer asylum applications in the past year, more than 50,000 women, men and children have now been waiting for a decision for more than six months, up from 71 percent compared to last year.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said: `` We have an exceptionally proud record - since 2015, we have resettled nearly 25,000 men, women and children seeking refuge from cruel conditions around the world - more than any other European country. '

An Interior Ministry spokesman said: “ We have an exceptionally proud record – since 2015, we have resettled nearly 25,000 men, women and children seeking refuge from cruel conditions around the world – more than any other European country. ‘

‘These delays leave people in unsafe housing, with little or no financial support, and unable to move on for months or even years – adding to the trauma they’ve already gone through and the cost of the asylum system.

Unfortunately, addressing these delays is largely lacking in the government’s immigration plan. It is a missed opportunity for much-needed progress. ‘

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “ Over the past year, we have seen a global health emergency with countries, including the UK, locking up and introducing travel restrictions. For this reason, the resettlement activity was interrupted between April 2020 and November 2020.

‘We have an extraordinarily proud record – since 2015, we have resettled nearly 25,000 men, women and children seeking refuge from harsh conditions around the world – more than any other European country.

‘As part of our new immigration plan, we are strengthening our support for those entering via safe and legal routes, such as automatically granting indefinite leave to stay on arrival and helping refugees integrate and thrive in the UK.’

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