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The number of asylum claims from newly-arrived migrants has surged, leaked documents suggest.
Last year saw the highest number of asylum claims since 2015, the BBC reported, when 32,733 applications were made.
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The documents say the numbers have become ‘unacceptably high, [risking] reputational damage to the Home Office and the asylum process’.
The BBC report carried footage from over the Channel showing migrants trying to get on to the back of lorries bound for the UK – without challenge by police.
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The Home Office declined to comment on the leak but told the Corporation its performance on asylum was ‘robust’ and applications had been broadly stable for the past 18 months.
The report came as immigration minister Caroline Nokes said more will be done to ensure illegal cross-Channel migrants are returned to France.
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She gave no figures but said a ‘small number’ who made the journey at the end of last year had...
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