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Question for Home Office

UIN 50034, tabled on 15 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it remains her Department's policy to impose the cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK will accept of 5,000 in 2021 and 20,000 in total.

Answered on

21 September 2021

The UK does not impose a cap on the number of asylum claims the UK accepts. All asylum claims lodged from within the UK will be carefully considered on their individual merits in accordance with our international obligations.

In reference to the number of people included in your question, the UK’s new Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will provide those put at risk by recent events in Afghanistan with a route to safety. This scheme will resettle up to 20,000 people at risk, with 5,000 in the first year. This is in addition to those brought to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP).

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