The Home Office is increasingly treating asylum claims as being withdrawn. This seems to be a new policy intended to reduce the asylum backlog. The number of asylum decisions made by the Home Office at first glance appears to be increasing. When we look at the detail of the figures, though, we can see that a growing number of those “decisions” are actually decisions to treat asylum claims as withdrawn. Worryingly, the immigration rules have also now been amended to widen the circumstances in which officials can consider asylum claims to be withdrawn. The previous version of the rule on treating asylum claims as withdrawn provides that an asylum claim … Continue reading Briefing: why and how is the Home Office treating more asylum claims as “withdrawn”?
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