Asylum seekers backlog: what you need to know

More than 10,000 asylum seekers who have lived in Britain for more than seven years are still waiting for an initial Home Office decision on whether they can stay, a damning report reveals today.

In a bleak assessment of the state of Britain’s asylum system, the Public Accounts Committee said that the Home Office has still not resolved some 29,000 asylum applications dating back to 2007 and before, of which 11,000 have not even had an initial ruling on their claim.

Another backlog has been created by the department’s failure to keep on top of newer claims.

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