Currently, the issue of asylum in the United Kingdom is controlled by international legislation. The United Kingdom is a signatory member of the United Nation Convention that relates to the 1967 protocol, Status of Refugees 1951, t, and the Europe Conventions on Human Rights 1950. More recently, the UK has signed EU directives that are intended to facilitate a Common European Asylum System. In addition, those who sought asylum in the United Kingdom and globally rose tremendously during the year 1990s and early part of 2000. Annual asylum applicants in the United Kingdom was approximated to be 46,005 in 1998, 80,320 in 2000, and peaked at 84,135 in the year 2002. However, from the year 2002, the numbers have dropped significantly, in 2004 there were only 33,940 applicants and the trend is assumed to go down further. This is because the worldwide trends were reported to drop in the number of asylum seekers. Globally, for the four consecutive years, to 9.4 million in the year 2004, a fall of about 24% in the last four years was realized. This was connected to a decrease in the number of major armed conflicts globally. The decrease in numbers asylum seekers in the United Kingdom is also due to United Kingdom European policies and government (UNHCR, 2005). UK Media: Research Methods in Social Sciences.
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