Sharp drop in refugees granted British asylum in 2020

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Fri, 2021-02-26 14:59

LONDON: The UK granted asylum or some other form of protection to 9,936 people last year, a 52 percent drop compared to 2019 and the lowest figure since 2014, according to data from the Home Office.

That figure means that roughly a third of the 29,456 applications submitted in 2020 were successful.

The Home Office said the fall in 2020 resettlements was due to fewer decisions being made on asylum applications — 14,365 in 2020 compared to 20,766 in 2019 — and a result of the pause on resettlement activity since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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