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The number of applications made by Sri Lankans seeking asylum in the UK has been reduced relatively in the recent years, the British Government said.

This was revealed according to data presented by Baroness Williams of Trafford who is the Minister of State, Home Department in response to a question asked by Lord Naseby in Parliament on Thursday as to how many Sri Lankans have sought asylum each year since January 2007; and how many were successful.

In 2007, some 988 applications had been made and 124 asylum status had been granted during the same year. 1,473 application had been made in 2008 followed by 1,115, 1,357 and 1,756 in the following years respectively upto 2011.

However, the number of total applications had been reduced to 961 in 2015 of which 179 asylum grants were made. In 2016, 845 applications have been made whereas only 687 applications have been made in the year 2017.

Grants by the British Government include grants of asylum, discretionary leave, humanitarian protection, and grants under family and private life rules.

  Comments - 10

  • Srilankan Saturday, 31 March 2018 10:00 AM

    Check other countries..... May be we are boating around to down under!!!

    abeyrohan Saturday, 31 March 2018 10:36 AM

    Feather on the caps of two Yahapalana leaders. My3

    Jessica Cabraal - Moratuwa. Saturday, 31 March 2018 12:17 PM

    But my sister Priyani got it few years back. Also my bill.

    Jakolis Saturday, 31 March 2018 01:28 PM

    Because Britain's living conditions and economy is deteriorating so they will not apply for UK, they will apply in Australia , Canada etc

    Nimal Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:20 PM

    UK must ease visa restrictions for tourists from Sri Lanka without turning them down with absurd reasons otherwise our two bit politicians mustn't attend their events and put restrictions on them coming to SL which is just not fair.As much as Brits like to travel the Sri Lankans too would like to travel world wide.It's time our dirty politician's spoke and work for the people in the island.

    rajitha7 Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:23 PM

    The British artificially creates the ethnic problem and also obfuscates Sri Lankan history. There are approximately 6000 Ola Leaf manuscripts that include the original Tripitaka written in the island in the British Museum. They have thus far refused to hand it back.These manuscripts contain the information of the biggest ever concealment the world is yet to fully grasp.

    Kerching Saturday, 31 March 2018 03:48 PM

    WTF has that got to do with this article ..go to the bottom of the class,fool

    roy Saturday, 31 March 2018 03:37 PM

    Rajitha koheda yanne malle pol.

    Rohan Sunday, 01 April 2018 08:29 AM

    Great Britain is not so great now. Even refugees don't wanna stay there. Crimes committed during Commonwealth glory days are biting them back now.

    rajitha7 Sunday, 01 April 2018 11:24 AM

    It's relevant because the refugees flee due to the problem the British created.

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