Immigration

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

22 April 2022

Did David Blunkett propose sending asylum seekers abroad in 2004?

We look into Boris Johnson’s claims at PMQs that the former Labour Home Secretary first proposed plans similar to the government’s deal with Rwanda.

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Did David Blunkett propose sending asylum seekers abroad in 2004?
8 April 2022

Single occupancy council tax discount can’t be revoked if you don’t take in Ukrainian refugees

Claims on Twitter and Facebook say that an elderly man in a London borough was told by his council he could be forced to take in a Ukrainian family.

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Single occupancy council tax discount can’t be revoked if you don’t take in Ukrainian refugees
8 April 2022

Historic claim on refugee and pensioner incomes is still wrong

The post also compares Germany’s maximum state pension to the UK’s. Germany’s state pensions are difficult to compare to ours as theirs are based on income whilst the UK’s isn’t.

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Historic claim on refugee and pensioner incomes is still wrong
4 April 2022

No evidence ‘vast majority’ of people crossing Channel in small boats are economic migrants

Research indicates that the majority of people crossing the Channel go on to be granted asylum, but the full picture is not covered by official statistics.

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No evidence ‘vast majority’ of people crossing Channel in small boats are economic migrants
17 March 2022

Did Labour invent the ‘hostile environment’?

Michael Gove recently claimed that the concept was conceived under a Labour Home Secretary.

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Did Labour invent the ‘hostile environment’?
10 March 2022

Home Office claim to have launched first Ukrainian visa scheme lacks context

Many countries taking Ukrainian refugees never required visas in the first place. Others have waived visa schemes entirely.

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Home Office claim to have launched first Ukrainian visa scheme lacks context
13 December 2021

No evidence asylum seekers have used pets to argue against deportation

A previously debunked claim about people being granted the right to live in the UK because they own a pet here has reappeared.

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No evidence asylum seekers have used pets to argue against deportation
30 November 2021

Resettlement figures don’t give us the full picture on refugee numbers

It’s true that the UK has resettled the highest number of refugees since 2015, compared to other European countries.

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Resettlement figures don’t give us the full picture on refugee numbers
30 November 2021

The facts about people seeking asylum in the UK

The number of people applying for asylum in the UK looks to increase slightly this year, but the proportion who are arriving in boats across the Channel has increased significantly.

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The facts about people seeking asylum in the UK
25 November 2021

Peston claim that immigration is top public concern based on his own findings

Most recent Ipsos Mori and YouGov polls don’t list this as the public’s number one concern.

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Peston claim that immigration is top public concern based on his own findings

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