Get the facts: Asylum seekers and refugees

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?

Boris Johnson said if you come to the UK illegally, you are an illegal migrant. This is not correct in the case of refugees.

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Can refugees enter the UK illegally?
16 August 2019

How many refugees does the UK take in?

A number of EU countries have granted asylum to more refugees than the UK in recent years.

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How many refugees does the UK take in?
31 January 2019

This image on benefits for pensioners and refugees is not correct

What’s the difference between the benefits pensioners, ‘illegal immigrants’ and refugees can claim?

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This image on benefits for pensioners and refugees is not correct
17 January 2019

Do refugees have to stay in the first safe country they reach?

No. But the UK can, in some circumstances, return refugees to the first safe EU country they reached under EU law.

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Do refugees have to stay in the first safe country they reach?
11 January 2019

We factchecked a viral video on asylum seekers

Asylum seekers have to be destitute to get support and, if eligible, can’t choose what type of housing they get.

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We factchecked a viral video on asylum seekers
24 April 2018

How many child asylum seekers are found to be adults?

Two thirds of assessed child asylum seekers, are found to be over 18, but only a small proportion of children seeking asylum are assessed over their age.

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How many child asylum seekers are found to be adults?
19 April 2018

Who gets more, pensioners or refugees?

What’s the difference between what pensioners, ‘illegal immigrants’ and refugees can claim?

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Who gets more, pensioners or refugees?

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