In response to the Control of Immigration Statistics 2009 and Quarter 2 2010, released by the Home Office today, Dave Garratt, acting Chief Executive of Refugee Action, said [our emphasis]:
"We are concerned that the latest figures show that one in four initial asylum refusals is later found to be wrong at appeal. For certain nationalities, such as for people from Somalia, this figure rises to 1 in 2. We are particularly concerned that this comes at a time when the government is planning to make cuts to legal aid for asylum appeals.
"The review of legal aid, coupled with the latest fall in asylum applications, is an opportunity for the government to push forward with its commitment to getting decisions right first time. Providing asylum seekers with good quality legal advice as early as possible will help to achieve this. In turn, this would significantly reduce the number of cases which go to appeal and thereby represents a clear opportunity to make significant savings."