Asylum seekers and refugees

Fact checks about refugees and asylum seekers 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?
16 August 2019

How many refugees does the UK take in?

The UK “resettled” more refugees than any other EU country in 2017 and 2018, but several EU countries have granted asylum to more refugees overall in that time than the …

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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

This viral image claims that pensioners can collect just a fifth of the benefits ‘illegal immigrants’ and refugees can. But how much can each group really get?

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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?

Refugees are not required to seek asylum in the first safe country they reach. But under EU law they can sometimes be returned to the first safe EU country they …

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

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