About UK refugees and asylum seekers: Statistics

Statistics change frequently, but trends change slowly. Numbers of asylum seekers have steadily risen over the past few years, but the number claiming asylum in the UK is still small, and less than half what it was at its peak of 82,000 in 2004.

The Home Office publishes quarterly asylum statistics about three months in arrears. You can find them, if you look hard enough, on the government website under statistics. The Policy Area is ‘Borders and Immigration’. When you have done all that, you just need to find the relevant table of stats – Table 4. An easier option, if you just want the basics, is to go to the Refugee Council website, where they have a quarterly update.