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The Independent Chief Inspector's report following the thematic inspection on asylum has some interesting findings:
a) He believes the target of concluding 90 per cent of cases in six months by Dec 2011 is unachievable on current staffing levels and that 75 per cent is extremely challenging. The report shows that UKBA are consistently not meeting the 60 per cent target.
b) In order to clear the legacy cases by July 2011, UKBA would have to conclude 11,000 cases a month. Between March and November 2009 UKBA were averaging less than 4,000 cases a month. The legacy backlog stood at 215,000 in December 2009 (Hansard 22 Feb 2010, HL Column WA172).
c) There are nearly 30,000 cases in NAM (New Asylum Model) which have not been concluded in six months.
For the summary, recommendations and full report see:
Asylum: Getting the Balance Right? - Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency publishes report on asylum