UK asylum claims drop despite rising refugee crisis Asylum application in the UK fell for the first time in six years
Eastern Eye Staff
The number of people applying for asylum in Britain in 2016 was just over 38,500, falling for the first time in six years, official data showed on Thursday. But refugee advocates said the drop was no cause for celebration, with ever more people fleeing their homes in an increasingly dangerous world. Britain received a total of 38,517 asylum applications last year, down from 39,968 in 2015, in the first year-on-year drop since 2010, before the Syria crisis triggered the biggest migration crisis since World War Two. “If the fall in the number of people seeking refuge in Britain was because…
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