Asylum, DL and Humanitarian Protection (PCG)

M Esslemont made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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The request was refused by Home Office.

Dear Home Office,

Please provide the number of cases in 2017, 2018, 2019 in which individuals with a positive Conclusive Grounds decision via the National Referral Mechanism claimed, were granted, were rejected, or withdrew claims for:

- Asylum
- Humanitarian Protection
- Discretionary Leave

Please disaggregate the data by year, outcome 'type' (asylum, HP, or DL), and outcome 'status' (claim, withdrawal etc).

Please note that whilst the immigration 'outcomes' should be limited to 2017-2019, the time period of the NRM decision can fall at any point before, during or after the immigration outcome(s) referenced (for example, if an individual claims asylum in 2017, but they received a conclusive grounds decision via the NRM in 2016, this should still be included).

Yours faithfully,
M Esslemont

FOI Requests, Home Office

M Esslemont,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 57067). We will aim to send you a full response by 31/01/2020 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

P. Zebedee
FOI Requests
Home Office

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SOC Group Correspondence, Home Office

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Dear SOC Group Correspondence,

Please consider this a request for internal review of case ref 57067, in which I request information on the asylum, discretionary leave, and humanitarian protection outcomes of trafficking victims in 2019.

You have labelled this request as "vexatious" due to the fact that a similar, initial request for asylum, discretionary leave, and humanitarian protection outcomes of trafficking victims dated for a different time period (2018) was already rejected. This initial request was rejected on the grounds that immigration statuses of trafficking victims could not be provided using 24 hours of staff time. You have subsequently used this initial rejection as the basis to reject my petitioning for similar information held over a different time period (case ref 57067) as it is "overlapping".

I wish to request an internal review on the basis that the initial request for asylum, HP and DL in 2018 should have been fulfilled in the first instance, and this wrongful rejection should therefore not form the basis for a vexation claim in a follow up request. Since the rejection of my initial request, similar data accounting for a separate time period has been provided within the cost limit to other requesters, proving that the cost estimates first employed to reject my first request were inaccurate. Similar "overlapping" requests have evidenced that the Case Information Database (CID) holds data on the asylum, Discretionary Leave and Humanitarian Protection outcomes of victims which could be provided at a reasonable cost.

Lastly, regardless of the initial rejection of data accounting for the 2018 period, the more recent data covering the previous calendar year is clearly being requested in the public interest. Information on immigration outcomes of trafficking survivors can show us the extent to which immigration statuses in the UK are providing trafficking victims with security.

The requests you have described as "overlapping" were wrongly rejected in the first instance, and I hope that in reviewing my separate follow-up request for last year's data that you will acknowledge the fact that this data is in no way frivolous, but instead could play a vital function in allowing the public to understand survivor outcomes.

Yours sincerely,
M Esslemont

SOC Group Correspondence, Home Office

Thank you for contacting the Business Management Team. We endeavour to
respond to your email within 2 working days.

 

Thank you,

Business Management Team

 

FOI Requests, Home Office

M Esslemont,

 

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

 

This Internal Review has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 57067).
We will aim to send you a full response by 01/05/2020 which is twenty
working days from the date we received your request.

 

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you,

 

P. Zebedee

FOI Requests

Home Office

 

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FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Ms. Esslemont

 

I attach the completed internal review into the handling of the
above-referenced FOI request.

 

Kind regards

A.Tomkins

 

Information Rights Team

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Performance and Risk Directorate

Home Office | 2 Marsham Street | London SW1P 4DF

 

 

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