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|Year||Number||% Change from previous year|
* This does not include the 2500 former Yugoslavs brought to the
UK under temporary protection programme.
**An additional 11,100 were granted leave to remain under a special backlog clearance exercise and 1,275 were refused.
Figure 1: Benefits and Allowances received by Asylum Seekers and other Claimants in £
Source: Refugee Council (2000)
|Immigration status||> 1 year||1-3 years||3>5 years||More than 5 years||Total number|
|Whether or not respondent would like to return home|
|Country of origin|
|Length of residence|
|Less than 5 years||76||17||7||94|
|5 years or more||66||21||13||82|
|Basis of asylum claim|
|Exceptional leave to remain||65||25||10||60|
|Appealing against a Home Office decision||75||17||8||12|
|Lack of relevant skills/ qualifications/training||7||13||-||11|
|Lack of services||5||1||5||6|
|Lack of confidence||4||4||1||5|
|Lack of resources||2||4||2||4|
|Homesick/not ready to settle/not here by choice||2||3||1||4|
|Lack of knowledge |
About legal system
|Lack of experience||1||1||-||1|
|Access to education||-||-||2||1|
|Feel like an outsider||2||-||-||1|
|Don't know||3||1||-|| 2|
|More employment opportunities and support for self- employment||28|
|Provide refugee status||25|
|Setting up of social/leisure facilities||22|
|Greater awareness of refugees and their treatment including discrimination||16|
|Process claims more quickly/resolve uncertainty||12|
|More rights for refugees and respect for rights||9<|
|More opportunities and support for job seeking||8|
|Help for children||7|
|Better use of existing skills/recognition of qualifications||6|
|More information and advice||6|
|More resources to help settlement process and help integration||5|
Consider or answer applications as soon as they come into the country because without status you can not think of integration. We are stuck.
2Interview with policy worker at the Refugee Council.
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