Tens of thousands of people seeking asylum in the United Kingdom are being made to wait for more than a year for a decision, leaving them in a “cruel and unjust” state of limbo, a UK charity has warned.

A study by the Refugee Council, published on Friday, found that 33,016 people had been waiting for 12 months or longer for a decision in 2020, up from 3,588 people in 2010 – a jump of more than 800 percent.

Overall, 66,185 people were awaiting an initial verdict on their status at the end of March this year, the highest number in more than a decade and up from 7,375 in March 2011.

Enver Solomon, head of the Refugee Council, said: “Leaving vulnerable men, women and children

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