New official figures reveal that UK asylum applications have reached their highest point in nearly twenty years due to record numbers of migrants crossing the Channel. 

A total of 37,562 applications were made in the year to September, with claimants mainly from Iran, Eritrea, Albania, Iraq and Syria. 

This was more than in any 12-month period since the year to June 2004 (39,746) and higher than the numbers seen at the height of the European migration crisis in 2015 and 2016 (36,546).

After a dinghy sank off France’s coast, killing at most 27 migrants, including a pregnant lady and young girl, the Home Office published the figures this morning. 

An Anglo-French lifeboat captain arrived on the scene to photograph the inflatable grey boat.

This year, more than 25.000 people made it across the border.     

This table shows the number of people granted asylum, resettlement, and family reunion visas in the UK in the year to September

The following table displays the total number of UK citizens granted resettlement and asylum visas for family reunion purposes in September 2008. 

The new arrivals bring the total number to have made it to the UK this month to 6,050, exceeding the previous record of 3,879 in September. This year's total is now a record-breaking 25,772

These new arrivals increase the number of people who have reached the UK in this month’s total to 6,050. This is more than the September record of 3,879. The record breaking 25,772 totals this year.

Although the latest number of asylum applications is now up 18% (31,966) for the year ending September 2020, it will still be affected by restrictions to movement and the coronavirus epidemic. For the same time period, there were 35.737 applications in 2019.

At the end September, 67 547 asylum applicants remained pending a decision. This is an increase of 41% over the previous year and the most since June 2010, when current records started.

The Home Office has released separate figures that show how the total number of asylum cases, including those awaiting appeals, and the failed asylum seekers who are due to be deported from the UK, stood at 125316 as of June 2021. This is an increase of 14% over the previous decade (37,903 June 2011).

After their initial application, two-thirds of asylum applicants were granted protection or asylum. This is an increase of half the number in previous years. 

The number of appeals filed in September 2015 was down 30% compared to the prior year, and it has fallen steadily since 2015. Nearly half of all appeals were granted. 

Yesterday night was the worst day in the cross-Channel migration crisis. A migrant boat was sunk off France’s coast.  

The top 10 nationalities claiming asylum in the UK and the percentage success rate at the initial application

Here are the top 10 most successful asylum seekers from the UK. 

A comparison of the number of asylum applicants in the UK versus the three countries in the EU that receive the most applications

Comparison of UK asylum seekers versus three EU countries that get the highest number of applications 

Two survivors – an Iraqi and a Somalian – have told police the poorly made dinghy was hit by a container ship, puncturing its thin rubber hull. France has arrested five people over 27 fatalities, with one of them being a German-registered driver who was driving an inflatable rhib vehicle overnight.

Emmanuel Macron was urged not to panic by French police, but they failed again to prevent a group more than a dozen asylum-seekers crossing the Channel this morning in choppy conditions. At dawn, the RNLI took them into Dover where they were shivering.

Watching small groups of police officers on beaches nearby Calais, this morning failed to deter dozens from setting out for Britain in dinghies. This is amid allegations in Britain that French officials have been sitting back as seventeen men, seven women, and three children were murdered yesterday.

A breakdown of asylum applicants in the year to September broken down by sex

Sex breaks down the number of asylum seekers in September, 2009. 

Boris Johnson, Macron and their ministers will hold further talks today. As the Prime Minister stressed that British troops are required on French soil to combat evil slave gangs “getting away with killing”, Boris Johnson and Macron were expected to have more discussions.

Relations between France and Britain are getting more fraught. The minister for crisis Macron, Gerald Darmanin today blamed Britain and said that migrants were promised “Eldorado” in England by traffickers due to its benefits and a ‘attractive labor market.

The French President is reported to have rejected the new offer of assistance for patrols.

French Interior Minister Mr Darmanin will be speaking to Priti Patel (Home Secretary) this morning. Darmanin stated today that these migrants were often attracted by Britain’s work market.

He explained that Britain’s attractiveness, and its labour market are to blame. We all know that the UK has up to 1.2million clandestine migrants. English business leaders employ that workforce to create goods that can be consumed by English consumers.

French radio station RTL told him that the smugglers were ‘criminals’ who exploit others’ misery. There have been many children and women who drowned yesterday while on the boat. And for only a few thousand Euros, they promised them the “Eldorado” in England.

This is the first picture of the flimsy and dangerous dinghy that sank off Calais yesterday, killing 27 people including five women, some of them pregnant, and three children

Here’s the first image of Calais’ flimsy, dangerous dinghy, which sank yesterday killing 27 including three children and five women.

After a boat accident in Channel, where 27 people were killed yesterday, RNLI brought a group of migrants into Dover, Kent.

Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont said Macron should reject Britain’s offer and that it would not work. That would take thousands. There is the question of sovereignty. The British people wouldn’t accept it if the French military was on the British coast.

Today, French officials demanded more money from UK taxpayers to stop the flow of thousands upon thousands of migrants crossing the Channel every month. This is part of the blame game that London and Paris have been playing over 27 deaths.

As 6,000 crossed to Britain in November alone, the boss of the ports of Calais and Boulogne has insisted that Britain must start paying more on top of the £54million they give to France each year to stop people getting there by dinghy or hidden in lorries.

Jean-Marc Puissesseau stated: “We have to keep each truck under control to ensure that there aren’t any migrants in it.” This is done without charging a dime. This is a free service for your country. It costs 8 million euros per year to manage. I would like to discuss this again with you government. This was when the UK was not in Europe.

Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart blamed the crisis on the attractive British benefits. She declared, “Enough is enough!” Since the 1990s, our territory has been under British immigration control. The British government has not had the nerve to stop this flow of immigrants back home. To stop it, you must quickly and decisively react.

Police patrol a beach near Calais as the French authorities again failed to stop migrants travelling to the UK

A beach close to Calais is patrolled by police as migrants continue to travel to the UK. 

A team of French police looked around the dunes of a beach this morning as they were accused of failing to tackle the issue

As they are accused of not addressing the problem, a team of French police surveyed the dunes on a beach.