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How the EU’s asylum policy affects us

The EU has come up with new proposals about asylum, prompted by the recent deaths of people fleeing Syria and trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Nigel Farage has warned about people settling in Italy, getting a passport and coming to the UK. Read our factchecks on his claims here and here.

What's a 'normal' level of annual net migration?

As new figures on net migration are released by the Office for National Statistics, take a look at our analysis from last month on whether there really is a ‘normal’ level to which we might return.

Find it here.

The UK's human rights record

Whether or not the Human Rights Act is replaced with a Bill of Rights, as the Conservatives have promised, British citizens will still be able to take cases against the government to the European Court of Human Rights.

What happens in those cases? Find out here.

Full Fact Podcast Episode 6

  • This bonus episode—and the last in our election series—brings you a run down of the key election issues: the economy, immigration, the NHS, housing, Europe and education. Our specialists give three minute overviews of their areas, and then we’re joined by our Director Will Moy who talks about trust in politics. Listen here.

The debate over human rights law

Our briefing covering:

  • The European Convention on Human Rights vs the Human Rights Act
  • The Council of Europe vs the EU
  • Strasbourg (the European Court) vs London (the UK Supreme Court)

Read it now

Migration and welfare benefits

Most non-EEA nationals who are subject to immigration control are not allowed access to “public funds” (such as jobseekers’ allowance or tax credits), although they can use public services like the NHS and education.

Get the full story here.

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Asylum in the EU – easy or not?

“Terms for European asylum are very very wide”—Nigel Farage, 20 May 2015 From symposiums in Oxford to the pages of the Sun, it’s not hard to find opinions on European refugee…

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£1.4 million cost of Scotland leak inquiry claim “nonsense”

Earlier this week Paul Flynn MP claimed – “from a usually reliable source“, that the inquiry uncovering former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael’s involvement in a leaked memo about Nicola Sturgeon…

Apprenticeships cause confusion in the headlines

“The Tories have been urged to overhaul ­apprenticeships after it emerged a million people bid for 85,000 places last year”, Mirror, 23rd May 2015 In Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech the government…

When was the last time Britain experienced deflation?

“Joy for consumers: Britain falls into deflation for first time since 1960 as prices plunge”—The Express, 19th May 2015 “Deflation returns to Britain for first time since 1960″—The Guardian, 21st…

How the EU’s asylum policy affects us

“The problem the government have got is this. They’ve said, look, we’re opted out. We’re not going to be forced into the EU’s Common Asylum Policy”—Nigel Farage, 20 May 2015…

A very old problem: productivity in Britain

Britain has a productivity problem. Although on average we work longer hours than Germany and France, we actually produce less per worker than they do...

The UK’s record in human rights cases

Fewer than 1% of cases lodged against the UK between 2012 and 2014 resulted in a finding against the government The vast majority of applications to the European Court of Human Rights against…

Weekend deaths at NHS hospitals

“It’s a shocking fact, but mortality rates for patients admitted to hospital on a Sunday can be 16% higher than on a Wednesday… So 7-day care isn’t just about a better…

Should we trust the opinion polls any more?

Opinion pollsters had a pretty bad election day. All the pollsters underestimated the Conservative lead over Labour.* Now they are having an inquiry into why. In their defence, the British…

King of the swingers: will the UK general election be decided by 200,000 voters in marginal seats?

Like some lost tribe, somewhere there exists a group of just 200,000 swing voters, who, after weeks of party campaigns the length and breadth of the country, will alone decide…

Is the DWP reviewing a link between suicides and welfare reform?

“We’ve got 60 people who have committed suicide and their suicides are linked to benefits […] the Department of Work and Pensions is supposed to be reviewing 60 cases where…

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Full Fact Podcast Episode 6

The Full Fact podcast brings you the facts behind the spin. We have a team of researchers working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week during the election. We…

NHS bureaucrats: 20,000 fewer under the Coalition?

“What we did in terms of changing the NHS is we got rid of 20,000 bureaucrats”—David Cameron, 26 March 2015 There is no clear definition of a ‘bureaucrat’, which tends…

Impacts of migration on local public services

Some areas within the UK have experienced higher levels of migration than others. London is the region with the highest share of foreign born people in its population, while the…

Tax evasion and avoidance: how much can be raised?

“We will raise at least £5 billion from continuing to tackle tax evasion, and aggressive tax avoidance and tax planning, building on the £7 billion of annual savings we have…

How does British defence spending compare with the rest of the world?

“We have the second largest defence budget in NATO and the largest in the EU”—Conservative manifesto, page 77 The above claim is true if you use one measurement of global defence…

Polls, Damn Polls and Statistics

A Full Fact guide to interpreting opinion polls

Five Election Claim Pitfalls

In our General Election Factcheck 2015 report, we include five common pitfalls when it comes to political claims. These are errors that politicians often fall into, and are all too…

What you don’t find out about England’s educational performance in the PISA league table

This piece has been updated. It isn’t always possible to say with certainty from looking at a country’s rank in the PISA educational league tables alone whether one country or…

Election claim pitfalls: beware the baseline

In our General Election Factcheck 2015 report, we include five common pitfalls when it comes to political claims. These are errors that politicians often fall into, and are all too…

Election claim pitfalls: limits on the powers of government

In our General Election Factcheck 2015 report, we include five common pitfalls when it comes to political claims. These are errors that politicians often fall into, and are all too…

Election claim pitfalls: know what your statistics represent

In our General Election Factcheck 2015 report, we include five common pitfalls when it comes to political claims. These are errors that politicians often fall into, and are all too…

Election claim pitfalls: “further research is needed”

In our General Election Factcheck 2015 report, we include five common pitfalls when it comes to political claims. These are errors that politicians often fall into, and are all too…

Election claim pitfalls: comparisons over time

In our General Election Factcheck 2015 report, we include five common pitfalls when it comes to political claims. These are errors that politicians often fall into, and are all too…