As swathes of the Middle East and Africa remain mired in violent conflicts, wars and foreign military intervention, Amnesty demanded the government do more to help migrants at the center of the most serious refugee crisis the world has seen since 1948.
It's time the government showed some basic humanity to those fleeing war. Our response to ONS figures on asylum: http://t.co/N6bMSwj9Gd— Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) August 27, 2015
The largest number of applicants in 2015 stemmed from crisis-ridden Eritrea (3,568). However, applications from war-ravaged Syria (2,204) and Sudan (1,799) were also high.
Amnesty previously branded the British government's efforts to help Syria's refugees "pitiful." Recent figures from European Union (EU) border agency Frontex show that people feeling war-torn Syria and Afghanistan make up the "the lion's share" of those attempting to make their way into Europe.
Meanwhile, the ONS figures reveal that 66 percent of asylum applications from Eritrea were rejected during the second quarter of 2015. This marks a huge increase on the 14 percent refusal rate recorded in 2014.