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Why are there so many migrants at Calais?

Migrants at Calais are unlikely to be drawn to the UK by benefits, as they’re not available to illegal entrants, although asylum seekers get some state support.

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Asylum in the EU – easy or not?

It’s not hard to find people claiming that it’s too easy to claim asylum in the EU.

How does the system actually work?

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No evidence that seven in ten Calais migrants are entering the UK

“7 in 10 Calais migrants get into UK”, says the front page of the Daily Mail. The article itself is far less certain about it.

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A new Hong Kong in Northern Ireland?

It was a plan “too preposterous for words” according to the Belfast Telegraph, but that didn’t stop a number of outlets reporting seriously on it.

UN wrong on asylum seekers in Britain

Peter Sutherland of the UN is right that the UK receives fewer asylum seekers than other EU countries, but not as few as BBC listeners were led to believe.

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No evidence that seven in ten Calais migrants are entering the UK

"7 in 10 Calais migrants get into UK", says the front page of the Daily Mail. The article itself is far less certain about it.

Cracking up: efficiency in the criminal courts

Michael Gove is right that less than half of criminal trials went as planned last year. Concerns about the efficiency of the criminal courts are growing.

About 27% of Europeans are likely to experience a mental health problem in a year

It's claimed 27% of Europeans suffer from a mental health problem. The research backs this up.

Why are there so many migrants at Calais?

Migrants at Calais are unlikely to be drawn to the UK by benefits, as they're not available to illegal entrants, although asylum seekers get some state support.

Coasting schools: three strikes and you’re out

It's too early to say exactly how many schools will count as 'coasting' under the government's new definition, but that hasn't stopped people from trying.

Human rights court: “pseudo-judges” or super judges?

None of the current judges at the European Court of Human Rights are obviously unqualified, although they are in a sense political appointees.

ESA: “extra money” for some

The Prime Minister is right that support group claimants of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) stay on a higher rate, but it'll be reduced by inflation.

Factchecking the criminal legal aid dispute

Lawyers are taking industrial action over changes to criminal legal aid, including a reduction in fees. We've factchecked some of the claims in this debate.

GDP figures explained

GDP figures are our main indicator of economic growth. What is GDP? How is it calculated, and why is it so often revised after the fact?

Do 40% of new teachers in England leave within a year?

The answer depends on which data you look at and even then it's limited. Without better data, it's impossible to know for sure.

How many deaths occur in police custody?

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced an independent review of deaths in police custody. We take a look at the latest figures.

The “too old to adopt their granddaughter” myth

A widely reported story about a judge refusing to allow a child to live with her grandparents, because they were too old, is proved wrong by the judgment.

Statistics are not just numbers: they require context to be useful

We're working on a project to create an open standard for sharing the bits of statistics that aren't numbers: the caveats, context and explanations. Here's why.

Tax credits: how much has spending increased in 16 years?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer claims tax credit spending has increased thirty-fold in 16 years. But not all the figures are comparable over time.

Have the government’s tuition fee reforms worked?

We look at how the Higher Education reforms have worked out for students, graduates, universities and the public.

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The EU and human rights: a common error

A reference to "EU human rights legislation" in today's Express makes a common error: our human rights laws have nothing much to do with the European Union.

Paying off the debt, one law at a time

Rules like the "budget surplus law" can always be repealed by a future government, and broken without any particular legal consequences in any event.

Is the UK’s deficit one of the highest in the developed world?

It's claimed that the UK's deficit is one of the highest in the developed world.

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Ask Full Fact: Employment, unemployment and jobseekers

This article has been updated. Over on our Facebook page, some readers had questions about our roundup of employment figures. Where does the unemployment figure of 1.85 million come from, is…

Early help for children—uncertain definition leads to uncertain estimates

The government says it's increased funding for early help for vulnerable children, but charities say funding is down. It depends on what services you count.

Prisoners absconding: an open and shut case?

This week's Prime Minister's Questions heard many claims about prisoners on the run. We establish the facts.

PMQs follow up: unemployment and benefits

Prime Minister's Questions went in heavy on unemployment and out of work benefits. We've rounded up and checked the claims.