Written by: Little Miss

When people see illegal immigrants stepping off a boat at Dover, some think that’s the end of the story. One more body to add to the surging population figures. This isn’t the case.

75% of asylum requests are granted on the first application. Out of those who refused, over half gain the right to remain upon appeal.

At the end of March 2022, there were 89,344 cases (relating to 109,735 people) awaiting an initial decision on asylum.

Anyone who has been granted asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK through Resettlement Schemes becomes entitled to apply for a family reunion visa free of charge.

In 2020 5,668 applications were received for family reunification and that figure increased to 10,114 in 2021. Please note this figure is for applications only. Family visas can be issued for multiple people – wife/partner (or wives if you have more than one!) children & dependants.

‘Dependants’ can apply to whole families (3 generations) being allowed in through the family reunification scheme. A man arriving via dinghy at Dover could apply for his wife, children, siblings and parents to enter the UK by saying they’re all his dependants.

Let’s use last year’s figure of 10,114 family reunion visa applications and say Mohammed who arrived in the UK via dinghy applied after he was granted asylum. He applied for his wife, 6 children & 2 elderly parents to come to the UK as they’re all his dependants. That one application equals 9 people. So if there were 10,114 Mohammeds with the same circumstances that would mean an extra 91,000 people were let into our country from the initial 10,000.

In 2021 the top two countries of origin for family reunification visas came from Sudanese and Eritreans who had been granted asylum.

Just bear this in mind, every time you see a man stepping off a boat at Dover, it doesn’t end there. That man could potentially bring in another dozen people or maybe more if he has more than one wife!

Below is a video from last year of an Eritrean male arriving in the UK, reuniting with his brother, who arrived in our country in the back of a lorry and went on to receive asylum.


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