According to Home Office figures, the number of asylum claims in the United Kingdom is now at its highest level ever.
A total of 175,457 people were waiting for an initial decision on an asylum application in the UK at the end of June 2023, up 44% at the end of June 2022 and the highest figure since current records began in 2010.
The number of people who waited more than six months for a first decision reached 139,961 at the end of June, up by 57% year on year from 89,231 and another record high.
Over the past year, there has been a sharp increase in the number of worker visas granted compared to the previous 12 months.
Despite the commitment in the 2019 Conservative Manifesto to reduce overall numbers, this is exactly what has happened.
The legislation was amended by the government, which means that people who are holders of student visas could not bring their dependants with them from January 2024.