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Asylum in the EU – easy or not?

From symposiums in Oxford to the pages of the Sun, it’s not hard to find opinions on European refugee policy and its fatal lack or alarming excess of generosity.

You can read our guide on asylum, the EU and the UK here.

Enforcing the border: enforced removals and voluntary departures of people violating immigration law

How are the UK’s borders enforced?

You can read our briefing by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford here.

Tariffs and barriers: trade between Britain and the EU

The ranks of those who view the “central attraction” of EU membership as primarily economic can now count George Osborne among their members.

You can read our piece on trade with the EU here.

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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.


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.


7-day NHS: no source yet for claims that 6,000 deaths a year could be avoided

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said 6,000 people a year die because hospitals don’t offer a 7-day service, but the evidence for this hasn't been published

The hunt for 8.4 million Welsh-speaking telly addicts (yng Nghymraeg!)

Now in Welsh: Minister says twice as many people watch Welsh language TV as live in Wales.

Tax credits, asylum seekers, and the underreporting of rape: factchecking Prime Minister’s Questions

We've checked the claims from PMQs on last week's budget, housing for asylum seekers, and on how many rape victims report the crime to the police

The hunt for 8.4 million Welsh-speaking telly addicts

Minister says twice as many people watch Welsh language TV as live in Wales.


Who’s responsible for scrutinizing our official statistics?

The government has announced a review of the production Britain's economic statistics. The Treasury could assume responsibility for the quality of official figures, and it's argued that this would make…

Renegotiating “ever closer union”

Dropping our EU treaty commitment to "ever closer union" - as David Cameron says he wants to do - may have a political impact, but no direct legal effect.

Are high-earners paying a greater share of tax than in 2010?

The Chancellor has claimed that the richest are paying a greater share of tax, something that's supported by Treasury analysis.