Statistics

United Kingdom

Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 14/03/22

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Overview of statistical practice

 Statistics on asylum are published as part of a package of immigration statistics on a quarterly basis by the National Statistics authority,[1] using Home Office administrative sources. Where statistics are not made available, they are requested directly from the Home Office using a Parliamentary Question.[2] Difficulties have also been encountered with regard to Home Office responses to freedom of information (FOI) requests.[3] The numbers include dependants.

Applications and granting of protection status at first instance: 2021

  Applicants in year Pending at end of year Refugee status Subsidiary protection Rejection Refugee rate Sub. Prot. rate Rejection rate
Total 56,495 100,564 11,893 942 5,118 65% 5% 28%
 

Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers

 

 Iran 10,446 13,529 (225)[4] 2,462 10 288 89% 0.4% 10%
Iraq 7,721 11,352 (716) 555 159 815 36% 10% 53%
 Eritrea 5,019 6,457 (32) 1,487 3 43 97% 0.2% 3%
 Albania 4,754 11,821 (282) 418 6 338 53% 0.8% 43%
Syria 3,895 4,781 (14) 1,233 4 4 98% 0.3% 0.3%
 Afghanistan 3,088 4,755 (188) 792 29 175 78% 3% 17%
 Sudan 2,385 3,542 (35) 891 1 52 94% 0.1% 5.5%
Vietnam 1,844 3,763 (141) 530 1 224 69% 0.1% 29%
 Pakistan 1,159 4,087 (333) 453 1 372 52% 0.1% 43%
 India 1,125 2,256 (153) 3 0 296 1% 0% 95%

 Source: National Statistics Authority; Home Office. All percentages are calculated from total decisions omitting inadmissibility decisions and withdrawn claims. If percentages do not add up to 100 it is because the remainder were granted other types of leave.

 

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2021

  Number Percentage
Total number of applicants 56,495 100%
Men (incl. children) 45,124 80%
Women (incl. children) 11,147 20%
Children 6,215 11%
Unaccompanied children 3,762 7%

Source: National Statistics Authority; Home Office

 

 

[1]National Statistics Authority, available at: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/. See also Home Office, Immigration Statistics, available at: https://bit.ly/3awmb9O.

[2] Parliament, Parliamentary Questions, available at: http://bit.ly/2kL0olB.

[3]See e.g. Information Commissioner, Decision FS50646722, 12 January 2017, available at: http://bit.ly/2kQ5TiU.

[4] Numbers in brackets claims with an initial decision awaiting further review.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection