2 Jan 2024

Home Secretary defends claim that Sunak’s asylum pledge has been met

The government has been accused of massaging the asylum numbers after claiming it’s cleared the backlog of asylum claims, built up before the end of June 2022.

Its own figures however show that more than four and a half thousand complex applications are still awaiting a decision. Meanwhile the overall backlog of outstanding asylum applications – old and new – is almost a hundred thousand.