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Increase staffing to reduce waiting times for Asylum seeker claims

Submitted by Tsz Kin Kwok on Monday 7th November 2022

Published on Thursday 10th November 2022

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 10th May 2023

Current Signatures: 367
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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2021 ~ 2022 ~ asylum ~ asylum seekers ~ Home Office ~ Hotels ~ Housing ~ Immigration ~ INCREASE ~ Madely ~ Officers ~ refugees ~ Temporary ~ The Government ~ The Home Office

Petition Action

Increase staffing to reduce waiting times for Asylum seeker claims

Petition Details

We want the Government to increase staffing for processing asylum applications to shorten waiting times for refugees. Shortening waiting times should mean less is spent supporting asylum seekers for accommodation and subsistence.

Additional Information

According to the Immigration Statistics from the Home Office, while 48,540 asylum applications were lodged in 2021, only 14,572 cases had initial decisions made. As of 30 June 2022, 122,213 cases were pending initial decisions.

The inefficiency of the processing of asylum applications is contributing the ongoing costs of housing asylum seekers, with over £6.5 million a day spent on housing asylum seekers in hotels. Meanwhile, the time of asylum seekers has been wasted waiting for their decisions in often overcrowded temporary accommodation.


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