UK’s asylum backlog at another record high – despite Rishi Sunak’s promise to abolish it

A group of people thought to be migrants are driven away from the Port of Dover in Kent after arriving on Border Force vessels following a number of small boat incidents in the Channel. Net migration to the UK has climbed to a record level, official statistics show. Around 606,000 more people are estimated to have moved to the UK than left in the 12 months to December, data from the Office for National Statistics on Thursday showed. Picture date: Thursday May 25, 2023. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

BRITAIN’S asylum backlog is now at another record high – despite Rishi Sunak promising to abolish it.

The latest stats revealed a staggering 172,758 were still waiting for a decision – the highest number since records began.

Migrants being taken away from Dover after crossing the English Channel

The figures were up a staggering 57 per cent from the end of March 2022.

And three in four of all small boat applications since 2018 are still awaiting a decision.

More than 100,000 people waited longer than six months even just for an initial decision.

Only one per cent of people who came on small boats last year had their decisions.

Rishi Sunak promised at the start of the year to abolish the backlog of claims he inherited by the end of the year – but the numbers have increased by 10,000 since then.

Critics said it was leaving people in limbo at a huge cost to people and the taxpayer.

It comes as it was revealed that the number of foreign criminals and failed asylum seekers being booted out in the last year was 3,860.

This figure is the lowest number on record outside of the pandemic.