According to the BBC
, most people who arrive in the UK in small boats can be expected to be granted refugee status. In the 17 months to May this year, 70% of the 12,000 people arriving in small boats came from five countries – Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria and Vietnam – according to data obtained by the Refugee Council under Freedom of Information legislation. Official figures
show that most asylum seekers from all those countries (except Iraq) are granted refugee status at their first hearing. Some of those initially refused asylum will go on to get refugee status on appeal. For example, 59% of appeals by Iranians are successful, 69% by Sudanese asylum seekers and 73% by Syrians. That means only about a third
of those arriving are not deemed to be refugees.