Asylum data

The Home Office provides accommodation for adult asylum seekers who are waiting for their application to be heard in towns and cities nominated as dispersal centres. In the East of England, the accommodation provider is G4S and the three dispersal centres are Norwich, Ipswich and Peterborough. Each has a dispersal capacity of 150 people.

Additionally, each county and unitary authority is responsible for supporting any unaccompanied child who makes an asylum application when in that particular local authority. They are supported in the same way as any other looked after child. Approximately 400 children are in this position in the East of England as of April 2014.

Every quarter, the Office for National Statistics collates data relating to migration, which includes Home Office data about the number of applications for asylum made in the UK. Please follow this link to access the most recent data release:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-statistics-quarterly-report/index.html

Additionally, under EU legislation, the UK is required to submit monthly data relating to asylum applications, including dependants, received and pending, two months after the reference period. Please follow this link to access the most recent table and those going back to 2006:
Monthly asylum application tables - Statistical data sets - GOV.UK

Lastly, the Government issues monthly data relating to children who are detained under Immigration Act powers. Please follow this link to access the most recent data tables and those going back to 2010:
Children entering detention under Immigration Act powers - Statistical data sets - GOV.UK