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EU flooded with 1,000 asylum seeker applications EVERY day

EU flooded with 1,000 asylum seeker applications EVERY day | Asylum Seekers | Scoop.it

THE EU was flooded with nearly 350,000 applications from asylum seekers over the past 12 months – a rate of almost 1,000 a day.

In the first quarter of this year alone, the number seeking asylum in Europe was 85,000.
Germany is being hit hardest by the crisis, dealing with a quarter of all applications - a total of 83,910 in 2012/13. 
France was close behind with 62,175.
Britain was the fourth most popular destination with 29,950 people seeking asylum in the country, with 18-35 year olds making up more than half of all applications.
Latest figures from Brussels' Eurostat department show Russians have made the most applications, totting up 27,645 last year.
Those fleeing war-torn Syria were next on the list with 29,715.
Among those wanting asylum in Britain, Pakistanis made the most applications.
Between January and March this year they accounted for 16 per cent of applications with a total of 1,180.
Next came Iranians, with 780 followed by Sri Lankans with 530.
Some countries appear to take tougher stances on the influx of asylum seekers.
France rejected 84 per cent of people who applied, followed by Belgium with 71 per cent and Germany with 65 per cent.
Britain was in fourth place, rejecting 60 per cent of applications at the first hurdle, while Italy came bottom, with 23 per cent.
Asylum seekers from Serbia were the most likely to be rejected by the EU, with 97 per cent of applications being unsuccessful.
Syrian applicants had the highest level of acceptance, with 63 per cent being granted asylum.

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Whistleblower: 'Unspeakable Horrors' for Refugees at Australian Detention Camps -

Whistleblower: 'Unspeakable Horrors' for Refugees at Australian Detention Camps - | Asylum Seekers | Scoop.it
Revelations of torture and abuse comes as conservative prime minister plans to expand refugee 'processing' facilities and close Australian borders to all asylum seekers

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Fury at £32m bill to care for failed asylum seekers | UK | News | Daily Express

Fury at £32m bill to care for failed asylum seekers | UK | News | Daily Express | Asylum Seekers | Scoop.it

DELAYS in getting rid of failed ­asylum seekers are costing the hard-pressed British taxpayers ­millions of pounds a year. By: Anil Dawar Mon, July 22, 2013 18 Theresa-May-replaced-the-UK-Border-Agency-with-two-units-under-direct-ministerial-controlTheresa May replaced the UK Border Agency with two units under direct ministerial control Figures seen by the Daily Express show £32.1million has been spent over the past three and a half years supporting more than 20,000 migrants after they have been refused permission to stay in Britain. Worsening log-jams at the Home Office and ballooning numbers of human rights appeals mean each one waits an average of 10 months to return home. The massive bill to stop them falling destitute before they leave does not include the cost of housing them. Campaigners yesterday voiced outrage at the huge cost to the public and demanded that the Government overhauls the immigration system. Ukip MEP and home afffairs spokesman Gerard Batten said: “It is wrong that people should have to wait months or years for their case to be decided and wrong that the taxpayer should have to foot the bill. “The solution is to streamline the system and make decisions final. This can only be done if we remove ourselves from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights and if we regain control of our borders by leaving the EU.” Matthew Sinclair, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The Government must reduce this bill by ensuring failed asylum seekers are removed far more quickly. It’s not fair on the individuals concerned – or [on] taxpayers.” The cost of failed asylum seekers emerged in figures about the “Azure cards” they receive to pay for food and toiletries. It is wrong that people should have to wait months or years for their case to be decided Gerard Batten The pre-paid cards are topped up with £35.39 a week and must be used in named chemists and super-markets. Pregnant women and those with children get more. In all, 20,585 cards have been doled out since 2009, costing £32,147,461. In March, Home Secretary Theresa May replaced the UK Border Agency with two units under direct ministerial control. This month, Home Affairs Committee MPs said the backlog of immigration and asylum cases stood at more than 500,000. At current work rates, it would take nearly 40 years to clear up. A Home Office spokesman said last night: “Since 2010 we have halved the cost of temporary support for failed asylum seekers and reduced the overall cost of asylum support by £220million. “Cases are now being resolved more quickly and the number of appeals is falling.”

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Gay asylum seekers will be sent to PNG despite threat of imprisonment

Gay asylum seekers will be sent to PNG despite threat of imprisonment | Asylum Seekers | Scoop.it
GAY asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat will be resettled in PNG despite facing prison under local laws that criminalise homosexuality, the attorney-general says.

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