Asylum seekers and refugees

Fact checks about refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

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
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
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
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
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
28 August 2019

Can refugees enter the UK illegally?

Refugees can’t be penalised for entering illegally if they are claiming asylum and coming from a place where their life or freedom are threatened.

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Can refugees enter the UK illegally?

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