Zimbabwe tops list of UK asylum seekers

Posted on Mar 26 2010 - 11:18am by admin

Zimbabweans topped the list of nationalities seeking asylum in the United Kingdom for the second year running, with a total of 7 420 asylum applications in 2009, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR’s) lastest statistics report. 

The account, written in a booklet called Asylum Levels and trends in Industrialised Countries 2009, showed that asylum applications from Zimbabwe rose by more than 3 100 over the previous year. 

The total number of Zimbabwe asylum claimants is more than double that of the second-placed country, Afghanistan, which had 3 535 claimants. The Islamic republic of Iran (2 125), Pakistan (2 035) and Sri Lanka (1 430) completed the top five. 

Home Office figures in the UK also released recently showed that Zimbabwean asylum seekers registered 3 895 asylum appeals in 2009, more than 60 percent of the total received from the African region in the same year. 

Of the 2 430 appelants granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom, a disproportionate 1 690 were Zimbabweans. 

Zimbabwe used to be colony of Britain but broke away on April 18, 1980, when independence came in after Zanu PF kingpin and First Secretary, President Robert Mugabe, won a landslide victory. 

Zimbabweans have about three million people living outside the country, with the bulk said to be in the UK and South Africa. Radio VOP

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  • actor

    The problems that has brought Zimbabweans to the U.K. are strongly linked to the U.K.'s historical colonisation. The country has not given the Zimbabweans any fair deal and it sad that Zimbabweans used to treat the White community in their country with respect. The U.K. has failed to understand its responsibility to look after the Zimbabweans who are fighting for democracy that will also allow the White community to go back to Zimbabwe. It is very unfortunate that the British to has engaged in very saddistic mode in dealing with the Zimbabweans who have made significant contribution in trying to dislodge the Dictator in they country. Freedom to Zimbabwe will mean liberty all including whites. The UK. fails to appreciate when things normalise in Zimbabwe whites will want to go and live there. How will the Zimbabweans abused here in the U.K. feel when they see those that abused them folowing them and trying to enjoy the liberties that they Zimbabweans were deprived by the British. Sometimes politicians create havoc for the ordinary people because they enjoy guards when visting Zimbabwe therefore se no reason to regulate their cruelty to grassroots people.

  • chamuu

    This an unfortunate development and I sympathise with my countrymen.However,I feel the need to remind zimbabweans that they cannot continue to hide whilst our country lies waste.They must grab this opportunity to come back home to force real change.

  • chamuu

    This an unfortunate development and I sympathise with my countrymen.However,I feel the need to remind zimbabweans that they cannot continue to be indifferent whilst our country lies waste.They must grab this opportunity to come back home to force real change.