Asylum Seeker Dispersal Programme

Who is an asylum seeker

Migration Watch UK defines an asylum seeker as a person who has applied for asylum under the 1951 Refugee Convention on the Status of Refugees. This is on the understanding that if they are returned to their country of origin they have a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political belief or membership of a particular social group.

They remain an asylum seeker for so long as their application or an appeal against refusal of the application is pending. 

Many asylum seekers are in fact economic migrants who hope to secure entry into the United Kingdom by claiming asylum. Migration Watch UK defines an economic migrant as a person who has left their own country and seeks by lawful or unlawful means to find employment in another country. 

How many asylum seekers will be entering the UK (refugee facts and figures).

Where asylum seekers are coming from

The top three countries of origin are: Eritrea (3,568), Pakistan (2,302) and Syria (2,204) (Source: Office for National Statistics Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, August 2015).

Why asylum seekers are leaving their country of origin

The top ten refugee producing countries in 2015 all have poor human rights records or on-going conflict. Asylum seekers are fleeing from these conflicts and abuses, looking for safety.

How we're helping asylum seekers

The Council and its partners are currently focusing on the Syrian Vulnerable Person Relocation programme and will consider asylum seeker dispersal at a later date.