No More Asylum Seekers ?

From 2001 to 2012, there has been a decrease in granting visas to asylum seekers. This drastic drop over the years is published at the website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/. The information gathered in this report came from the administrative sources of Home Office.

A total of 528 asylum applications from UASC’s for the first half of 2013 were filed. That showed a 4% increase from the first half of 2012 which was only at 507. In 2012, Afghanistan and Albanians are two largest nationalities that applied for asylum. This can be attributed to the unstable political situation in Afghanistan.

To fully understand the impact of the decrease of asylum seekers to United Kingdom, the word “asylum” must be defined in the context of immigration. Asylum is the protection provided by a certain country to an individual who is fleeing from persecution in his/her own country. The 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees is the identifying body that declares whether an individual is a refugee or not. To be called a refugee means that the individual had left the country and cannot go back due to well-founded fears of persecution.

One of United Kingdom’s immigration types is to provide a place of safety to identified refugees. Aside from providing asylum to refugees, United Kingdom also adheres to European Human Rights. This prevents UK from sending individuals to countries where they are going to exposed to risks like torture and punishment.

United Kingdom asylum applications are processed within 6 months. Within that time frame, the applicant can either be granted access to stay in the United Kingdom or the unsuccessful applicant will return home (may it be voluntarily or forced removal). The full details about the requirements for asylum seekers in the United Kingdom are available at the website http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/asylum/.

This report as a whole is a very positive one. This means that countries are already politically stable. This also shows that countries have placed utmost importance to its people thus taking care of the citizens’ human rights. Except for the skirmishes in the Middle East and the on-going issue with terrorism, all countries have managed to protect its citizens from persecution and human rights violations. The decrease of asylum seekers in the United Kingdom shows that nowadays, people are more aware of their rights. They don’t need to go to other countries for protection because their own government will be able to provide it.