The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection. Between April 2014 and June 2017, the Home Office received 97,454 claims for asylum and decided over 64,000 of these within 6 months. However there is cross party support for speeding up this process.
I am one of a number of MPs who has signed amendments to the immigration bill calling for an end to indefinite detention of those seeking asylum. The Home Office recognises there is more it needs to do and it continues to work with NGOs to look at ways to ensure that those seeking asylum have their decisions dealt with efficiently and effectively and we hope the new legislation will return to the House of Commons shortly. The Home Secretary has announced in the last few days that at least 5,000 more refugees will be resettled in the UK under a renewed government initiative.
The Home Office said the “most vulnerable” asylum seekers identified by the United Nations would be transferred from 2020 onwards. The government will now take refugees from beyond the Middle East and North Africa and provide emergency resettlement where lives are at risk.
While Britain has resettled more refugees from outside Europe than any other EU state since 2016 there is still more that we can do.