BRITAIN’S asylum backlog is now at another record high – despite Rishi Sunak promising to abolish it.
The latest stats revealed a staggering 172,758 were still waiting for a decision – the highest number since records began.
The figures were up a staggering 57 per cent from the end of March 2022.
And three in four of all small boat applications since 2018 are still awaiting a decision.
More than 100,000 people waited longer than six months even just for an initial decision.
Only one per cent of people who came on small boats last year had their decisions.
Rishi Sunak promised at the start of the year to abolish the backlog of claims he inherited by the end of the year – but the numbers have increased by 10,000 since then.
Critics said it was leaving people in limbo at a huge cost to people and the taxpayer.
It comes as it was revealed that the number of foreign criminals and failed asylum seekers being booted out in the last year was 3,860.
This figure is the lowest number on record outside of the pandemic.