Asylum backlog will take decades to clear.
Shadow home secretary David Davis said Government "incompetence" meant there was effectively a "stealth amnesty".
The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency Lin Homer gave the figures in a letter to the chair of the Home Affairs Committee Keith Vaz.
She said officials were on course to clear the backlog in 2011.
Previous home secretary John Reid announced the scale of the backlog in July last year. He pointed out that the figure referred to case files, rather than individuals, and said they were "riddled with duplication and errors".
Ms Homer said: "To date we have concluded around 52,000 cases.
"From July to November this year 29,000 cases were concluded and we will continue to escalate performance."
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|Publication:||Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2008|
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