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Latest quarterly immigration statistics: some highlights


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Just a few bits and bobs from the details of the latest quarterly statistics:

  • Outstanding EU law residence document applications stands at 95,146 (source). That is a LOT. It is hard to see how the Home Office can meet the 6 months deadline for deciding these applications.
  • Outstanding citizenship applications stand at 24,297 (source).
  • Permanent residence applications increased over fivefold between Q4 2015 and Q4 2016, from 7,637 to 44,103 (source).
  • British citizenship applications by EEA nationals actually fell between 2015 and 2016, from 17,158 to 14,901. This was presumably due to the additional hurdles erected in November 2015 (source)
  • The number of asylum applications decreased by 7% to 30,603 (source).
  • The initial grant rate for asylum applications  was 34%, a slight fall compared to previous years (source) and the success rate for asylum appeals was 41% (source).
  • Enforced returns of failed asylum seekers decreased 37% compared to the previous year to 2,274 and voluntary returns of failed asylum seekers fell 35% to 1,172 (source).
  • Enforced removals of all migrants fell again by 11% to 12,193 and voluntary removals also fell (source).
  • The number of people entering immigration detention fell 11% to 28,908 (source). However, the number of EU nationals being detained increased by 24% to 4,519 leaving detention in 2016 (source).
  • Only 47% of those detained were removed from the UK, with 42% being released into the community (source). This suggests very poor decision making about who is detained in the first place.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.