Home Office’s backlog of asylum cases condemned by MPs

June 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

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A Commons committee has criticised the Home Office for continuing to be “too slow” in making decisions on asylum.

The public accounts committee stated that while the ‘new asylum model’ has brought “a lot of improvements”, the backlog of cases where a decision has not yet been reached has doubled in the space of a year.

The PAC reported that there was a surge in asylum applications in 2007, and the backlog of cases for asylum doubled to 8,700 in the second quarter of 2008.

It stated that the Home Office still has “some way to go” before it reaches initial decisions in 80 per cent of asylum cases within two months of an application.

But the report noted that the Home Office has now established a separate process to clear the backlog of 400,000 to 450,000 legacy cases which were unresolved at the introduction of the new model.

And the department confirmed that all legacy cases will be cleared by 2011, the report added.

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This article was kindly supplied by ePolitix.com, a division of Dods. It provides up-to-the-minute parliamentary news – focusing on events in Westminster.

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