How many asylum seekers does the UK admit each year?

How and where are they housed and how do they support themselves?

How many are refused asylum but are not deported?


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Fortunately there's an excellent recent Parliamentary briefing note on this subject. The number of applications is between 17,000 and 30,000 per year.

They are forbidden from working, so they are paid £37.75 a week and assigned housing.

At the end of December 2018, there were 44,258 asylum seekers receiving this support in the UK, of whom 41,309 were living in dispersal accommodation.

It looks like about half are eventually deported.

  • Thank you. For how long are they paid and eligible for the house? Are they eligible for the normal range of entitlements?
    – 52d6c6af
    Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 13:16
  • What do you mean by the "normal range of entitlements"? I believe the list "what you'll get" is all that asylum seekers are entitled to.
    – pjc50
    Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 13:23
  • I mean the entitlements available to a British citizen.
    – 52d6c6af
    Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 13:27
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    @Ben it's not clear what further details you need..try reading this asylumineurope.org/reports/country/united-kingdom/…
    – Vorsprung
    Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 13:35
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    @Ben, Yes, but not all the entitlements. Some tax credits are other entitlements are not available. They are also still bound to deportation if they break any serious laws or in any way avail themselves of the protection of their home country. If they want to continue their stay in the UK permanently, they must qualify for ILR, though I believe the fees are waived. If they want citizenship, they have to go through exactly the same procedure as everyone else, fees and all.
    – ouflak
    Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 14:17

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