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Update from OPEL: asylum stats, NHS/Home office info sharing, UASC, COI

via Andrea at OPEL

Q4 2016 asylum stats

Applications: 

Quarterly: In Q4, there were 7,419 asylum applications, compared with 7,146 in Q3.

Yearly: In 2016 there were a total of 30,603 applications, compared to 32,733 in 2015.

Decisions: 

Quarterly: There were 6,088 initial decisions in Q4, of which 32% were grants of asylum (1,953) and 1% were grants of HP/DL (63). This compares with 6,067 initial decisions in Q3, of which 23% were grants of asylum (1,426) and 2% were grants of HP/DL (140).

Yearly: There were 24,984 initial decisions in 2016, of which 29% were grants of asylum (7,136) and 1% were grants of HP/DL (304). This compares with 28,622 initial decisions in 2015 of which 35% were grants of asylum (9,975) and 1% were grants of HP/DL (337).

Pending cases

Quarterly: There were 21,475 cases pending initial decision at the end of Q4 (of which 8,825 were over 6 months old). This compares with 21,173 cases pending initial decision at the end of Q3 (of which 8,278 were over 6 months old).

Yearly: As above, at the end of 2016 there were 21,475 cases pending initial decision at the end of Q4 (of which 8,825 were over 6 months old). This compares to 18,111 cases pending initial decision at the end of 2015 (of which 3,626 were over 6 months old.)

Appeals

Quarterly: In Q4, 3,023 appeals were received and 4,077 were determined, 35% were allowed (1,435). This compares to 3,129 appeals received in Q3 with 3,317 determined, and 41% allowed (1,368).

Yearly: In 2016, 12,235 appeals were received and 12,304 were determined, 41% were allowed (5,002). This compares to 14,242 appeals received in 2015 and 9,224 determined, with 35% allowed (3,260).

Asylum Support

Quarterly: At the end of Q4, 39,389 asylum seekers were supported (2,763 subsistence only, 36,626 dispersed acc), compared with 37,958 asylum seekers supported (2,704 subsistence only, 35,254 dispersed acc) in Q3. At the end of Q4, 2,424 were receiving S4 support, compared with 2,441 at the end of Q3.

The data tables can be found here.

 

NAT and Doctors of the World Briefing on Patient Information-Sharing with the Home Office

NAT and Doctors of the World have produced a briefing on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Health and the Home Office on patient information-sharing. The briefing notes that the MoU violates patient confidentiality and marks ‘the intrusion of a political agenda into how our medical records are kept and safeguarded’. It undermines the doctor-patient relationship and will likely impact on the most vulnerable in our society, children, pregnant women, victims of trafficking and destitute and refused asylum-seekers, who are entitled to NHS care but will feel unsafe accessing it knowing their information will be shared with the Home Office.

It also calls for a suspension for the MoU until a full consultation and proper scrutiny of the agreement, its legal basis and its possible impact has been carried out, recognizing that to date there has been no public consultation or debate. A letter has also been sent to Andy Williams, Chief Executive of NHS Digital, to express the above-mentioned concerns. 

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Country of Origin Information (COI) Update from Asylum Research Consultancy

Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC) have done a summary of recent publications and developments in the top-refugee producing countries, as well as new Home Office country of origin publications. The list includes a series of new Country Policy and Information Notes, including for Afghanistan, Liberia and Zimbabwe. You can access this by visiting their site http://www.asylumresearchconsultancy.com/ and clicking on the icon ‘COI Update Vol. 142’ to access the document.

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ADCS Updated FAQ on the Interim Transfer Protocol for UASC

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has issues an updated FAQ on the interim national Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) transfer protocol, which has been created to enable the safe transfer of UASC from one UK local authority (the entry authority from which the UASC transfers) to another UK local authority (the receiving authority).

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