Immigration

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

21 October 2021

Picture of refugees on ship isn’t from WWII

A picture on Facebook misidentifies a 1991 picture as one taken during the Second World War.

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Picture of refugees on ship isn’t from WWII
7 September 2021

No evidence one million people legally moved to Britain in 2020/2021

Turning Point UK’s claims are based on assumptions that are not supported by the official data.

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No evidence one million people legally moved to Britain in 2020/2021
26 August 2021

No evidence Kabul airport video is faked

The fact people are not being blown over is no evidence the footage is faked, as suggested.

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No evidence Kabul airport video is faked
25 August 2021

Why the government recommends having 6 months left on passports to visit Europe

When returning from many European countries, your passport must be less than ten years old and be valid for at least three months.

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Why the government recommends having 6 months left on passports to visit Europe
12 August 2021

Higher deportation rates don’t necessarily demonstrate ‘disproportionate targeting’ of Jamaicans

The data is not entirely reliable, and there may be multiple reasons why deportation rates vary, including whether deportation would affect someone’s human rights.

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Higher deportation rates don’t necessarily demonstrate ‘disproportionate targeting’ of Jamaicans
6 April 2021

Post suggests American WW2 prisoners were British soldiers

A photo of two emaciated men are American civilian prisoners of war, not British soldiers.

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Post suggests American WW2 prisoners were British soldiers
14 October 2020

There almost certainly aren’t as many as two million unauthorised immigrants in the UK

A recent estimate put the figure between 800,000 and 1.2 million.

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There almost certainly aren’t as many as two million unauthorised immigrants in the UK
8 October 2020

This viral post on benefits and tax avoidance is inaccurate

It underestimates the spending on benefits for people seeking asylum and uses a disputed estimate of the tax gap to talk about tax avoidance.

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This viral post on benefits and tax avoidance is inaccurate
24 August 2020

Comparing tax dodging and benefits for people seeking asylum

MP Zarah Sultana claimed that the super-rich and large corporations dodge £90 billion in tax every year. This is based on an estimate for the tax gap which is much …

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Comparing tax dodging and benefits for people seeking asylum
18 August 2020

It’s not true that migrants get a free TV licence

A widely shared post on Facebook incorrectly claims migrants who arrive in Britain receive a free TV licence, while pensioners have to pay for one.

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It’s not true that migrants get a free TV licence

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