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More people seeking asylum are being left in limbo – the Home Office must act

By November 29, 2018Press release

Responding to the publication today (29 November 2018) of the Home Office’s latest Immigration Statistics [1] which show that the number of people waiting over six months for a decision on their claim for asylum has risen 8% compared with the previous quarter, taking the total proportion to 49% of all claims, Head of Campaigns at Refugee Action Paul Hook said:

“We are very concerned to see that the number of people seeking asylum who have had to wait longer than six months for a decision on their claim has continued to rise, again – now up to almost half of all claims. That’s more individuals left in limbo, unsure whether they can start to build a safe and secure life in Britain.

The Home Office must get its house in order, meet its own targets for making decisions on all asylum claims and let people who are waiting do so in dignity by giving them the right to work from six months after lodging their claim for asylum so that can be active members of their communities, earn a living, and build a life.”


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Refugee Action helps refugees who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes. We get them the basic support they need to live again with dignity.

Then we help them build safe, happy and productive lives in the UK. Our vision is that refugees and asylum seekers will be welcome in the UK. They will get justice, live free of poverty and be able to successfully rebuild their lives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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