Asylum seeker figures falling in region

NUMBERS of asylum seekers receiving financial support or accommodation in the East of England continues to fall, latest figures show.In its latest quarterly publication, the Home Office reveals 835 asylum seekers were receiving support from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) in the region at the end of December.

NUMBERS of asylum seekers receiving financial support or accommodation in the East of England continues to fall, latest figures show.

In its latest quarterly publication, the Home Office reveals 835 asylum seekers were receiving support from the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) in the region at the end of December.

This compares to 865 at the end of September - a drop of three per cent.

According to the figures, Ipswich was providing accommodation for 10 asylum seekers at the end of December, while Tendring was supporting five.

Norwich, meanwhile, was providing support for 150 asylum seekers at the end of the year.

During 2006, the number of asylum seekers receiving support in the region dropped 17pc on the previous year.

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Nationally, the Government said asylum applications fell to their lowest since 1993, while the number of deportations hit an all-time high.

It said throughout all of last year, the number of failed asylum seekers who were deported exceeded the number of new arrivals making unfounded asylum claims.