Immigration

Fact checks about immigration statistics, asylum seekers border control and potential impacts on public services and opinions

30 November 2022

London and Manchester are not ‘minority white’ cities

A tweet from Nigel Farage making the claim has been shared thousands of times.

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London and Manchester are not ‘minority white’ cities
22 November 2022

No published data to support minister’s claim about migrants saying they’re under 18

Robert Jenrick’s claim that up to 20% of adult men arriving at an asylum processing centre say they’re under 18 has prompted new questions about the Home Office’s use of …

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No published data to support minister’s claim about migrants saying they’re under 18
31 October 2022

Claims about 47,000 homeless veterans need context

The figure is the estimated number of homeless veterans in 2015 in the United States. We don’t know how many homeless veterans there are in the UK.

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Claims about 47,000 homeless veterans need context
27 October 2022

Asylum seekers in hotels will not receive £57 per week

A Facebook post refers to reports that a hotel in Ipswich is set to be used to house asylum seekers, and claims that they would be paid £57 per week.

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Asylum seekers in hotels will not receive £57 per week
12 October 2022

Evidence for claim that 60% of small boat arrivals are Albanian not yet published

The figure has been used by Priti Patel in Parliament and a number of times in the media, but it isn’t yet supported by published government statistics.

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Evidence for claim that 60% of small boat arrivals are Albanian not yet published
6 October 2022

No evidence small boat arrivals beat NHS waiting lists

A Facebook post claims people arriving in small boats can beat the NHS waiting lists.

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No evidence small boat arrivals beat NHS waiting lists
20 September 2022

Asylum seekers do not get £175 per week on a prepaid card

It’s closer to £175 per person per month.

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Asylum seekers do not get £175 per week on a prepaid card
16 August 2022

Telegraph ‘migrant’ graph only captures fraction of arrivals in the UK

A graph published by the Telegraph misses hundreds of thousands of people who moved to the UK to live, study and work in 2021.

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Telegraph ‘migrant’ graph only captures fraction of arrivals in the UK
12 August 2022

Leaked report doesn’t ‘vindicate’ view that most people crossing the Channel on small boats are 'economic migrants'

The Mail on Sunday recently published an article stating that four in 10 people crossing the Channel in small boats are from Albania.

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Leaked report doesn’t ‘vindicate’ view that most people crossing the Channel on small boats are 'economic migrants'
13 July 2022

Claim two-thirds of child asylum seekers are actually adults is false

A Sun article wrongly claimed that two-thirds of people who sought asylum in the UK as unaccompanied children were in fact over 18.

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Claim two-thirds of child asylum seekers are actually adults is false

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