Is the UK Asylum System Tough Enough?

Yes. The UK asylum system is strictly controlled and complex. It is very difficult to get asylum as the decision-making process is extremely tough and many people’s claims are rejected.

It is true that initial Home Office decision-making remains poor, but the appeals process provides a significant control. In 2016, the courts overturned Home Office decisions in 41% of asylum appeals(1).

Since 2005 most people recognised as refugees are only given permission to stay in the UK for five years. This makes it difficult for them to make decisions about their future, to find work and make definite plans for their life in the UK.

  1. Home Office asylum statistics February 2017




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