Asylum seekers and refugees

Fact checks about refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

25 October 2016

Asylum seekers, the UK and Europe

In 2015, the UK had the ninth highest number of asylum seekers in the EU, and the fifth highest number of people accepted as refugees.

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Asylum seekers, the UK and Europe
25 October 2016

We aren't spending £36m just to close the Calais 'jungle'

The UK has committed £36 million to “maintain security” in Calais. Some of this money will be used to close the ‘Jungle’ camp, but some is also being spent on …

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We aren't spending £36m just to close the Calais 'jungle'
24 October 2016

Do 74 people try to enter the UK illegally every day?

There were 164,000 attempts to cross into the UK made between 2010 and 2015, although these figures don’t correspond to individual people.

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Do 74 people try to enter the UK illegally every day?
3 October 2016

Have 12,000 asylum seekers vanished in the UK?

Home Office data makes it unclear exactly what it means to have an asylum application “on hold”.

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Have 12,000 asylum seekers vanished in the UK?
29 September 2016

How is the EU doing on refugee relocation?

The EU programme for relocating asylum seekers within Europe has seen 6,000 people move country in the past year.

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How is the EU doing on refugee relocation?
20 September 2016

Unaccompanied refugee children in Europe

How many unaccompanied children are in Europe and how many are claiming asylum here?

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Unaccompanied refugee children in Europe
31 August 2016

Counting the number of migrants in the Calais ‘jungle’

Officials and charities disagree over an extra 2,000 migrants in the Calais camp. We look at how both got their figures.

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Counting the number of migrants in the Calais ‘jungle’
3 August 2016

Where are the UK's refugees?

Reports that over 80% of councils have taken in no Syrian refugees under the main government resettlement programme are correct - up to a point.

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Where are the UK's refugees?
25 July 2016

Refugees in Lebanon and the UK

Exact figures are hard to come by, but it seems correct to say that there are 10 times as many refugees in Lebanon as in the UK.

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Refugees in Lebanon and the UK
16 November 2015

UK aid to Syria

David Cameron claims that the UK is the second largest contributor of humanitarian aid in the Syrian crisis. This is right, according to the United Nations.

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UK aid to Syria

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