Although immigration remains a hot topic in the media, especially after it played such a large part in the recent general election campaigns, it may come as a surprise to learn that according to the Home Office, there are fewer immigration appeals being made today than there were a few years ago. In the past, home secretary Theresa May has referred to the UK immigration appeal system as a continual ‘game of snakes and ladders’, thanks to the fact that there were always so many appeals being heard each year. However, stats released by the Home Office show a reduction in the number of appeals in the year ending June 2014.  

  • The number of appeals in asylum cases decreased from 8,754 in 2013 to 6,610 in 2014, a decrease of 24% year on year.
  • 26% of appeals were successful, 6% were withdrawn and 69% of appeals were dismissed.
  • The figure may seem quite large, but it’s much reduced from the asylum appeal peak in 2010 when 16,560 asylum appeals were lodged.

So, although the number of appeals has reduced, it seems that the number of appeals being refused is on the increase – worrying news for current and future immigration appeal applicants. Other stats released by the Home Office for the year ending June 2014 show that

  • 8,795 asylum applications were refused.
  • 25% of resolved family-related applications were refused.
  • There was an increase of 6% in the number of those passengers refused entry at port to 16,886.
  • In the same period, there were 12% fewer enforced removals from the UK, but there was a 12% increase in the total number of voluntary departures (37,216).

Anyone who wishes to lodge an immigration appeal can remain in the UK as long as their initial claim was made while they were in the UK.