North West Statistics

In June 2018, there were a total of 9883 asylum seekers placed in dispersed accommodation located in the North West. The following graph shows the distribution by sub-region.

This number is a increase of 899 from the June 2017 figure. The asylum trend from 2004 onwards can be seen below:

The North West share of the overall UK asylum population is 24.8%, a decrease of 0.1% from the June 2017 figure. The change in overall share from 2004 is shown below:

In June 2017, the North West had a rate of 12.38 asylum seekers per 10,000 people in the region, the highest regional density in the UK.

National Statistics

This section has been reproduced from – How many people do we grant asylum or protection to?

The number of asylum applications in the UK from main applicants was 27,044 in the year ending June 2018 (down 1%). This represents a return to levels seen before the European migration crisis in 2015. Over the same period, there have been wider falls in asylum applications to other EU countries (down 32%).

In the year ending June 2018, the UK issued 14,308 grants of asylum, alternative forms of protection and resettlement, down 12% compared with 16,215 in the previous year. This comprised:

  • 6,568 grants of asylum to main applicants and dependants (1,618 lower than previous year, or down 20%)
  • 2,038 grants of alternative forms of protection to main applicants and their dependants (870 higher than the previous year, or up 74%)
  • 5,702 people provided with protection under various resettlement schemes (1,159 lower than the previous year, or down 17%)

The large increase in applicants granted alternative forms of protection was primarily driven by a large increase in Libyan nationals granted humanitarian protection in the last year (682, up from 36).

Of the 14,308 people granted asylum, protection and resettlement, 6,068 (42%) were children (under 18 years old), an increase of 2% from the previous year.

Additionally, 5,963 Family reunion visas were issued to partners and children of those granted asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK, a 9% increase since last year. Of these, 2,890 (48%) were issued to children.

There were 715 grants of asylum or alternative forms of protection to Syrian nationals (including dependants) at initial decision in the year ending June 2018 (down 35%).

A total of 5,702 people were resettled in the UK in the year ending June 2018 under various schemes. This included 4,316 people who were provided protection under the Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), bringing the total number of people provided protection to 12,851 since the scheme began in 2014.


Asylum seeker data is taken from the Immigration statistics, year ending June 2018 provided by the Home Office.
Population data is provided by 2017 Mid-Year Population Estimates provided by the Office for National Statistics.

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This page was last updated in September 2018. The next update is expected in December 2018.