12th Apr 2015
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.
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.
What does the latest Brexit deal mean for immigration?
Free movement of people between the UK and EU is set to end in 2021, if parliament approves the negotiated withdrawal agreement.
How immigration law changed for Commonwealth citizens
Theresa May, Diane Abbott and the Immigration Act 2014
What was known about Windrush in 2014?
In 2014, a report included stories of individuals of the Windrush generation facing difficulties proving their immigration status. We don’t know whether Theresa May saw the report first-hand, though the Home Office was made aware of the findings.
Trade across the Irish border
Trade across the Irish border was worth at least £5 billion in 2016.
How much is the UK spending on security at Calais?
The UK and France have cooperated on border controls around French ports for years. How much do we spend on doing so?
How many people overstay their visas?
We can't find a record of the Brexit Secretary saying this, as has been claimed - but whether he made this claim or not, it's true.
We aren't spending £36m just to close the Calais 'jungle'
The UK has committed £36 billion to “maintain security” in Calais. Some of this money will be used to close the ‘Jungle’ camp, but some is also being spent on border security and keeping child migrants safe.
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.
Can we be part of the single market and control immigration?
We don't know what the future arrangements for the UK will be as this will depend on the deal that is reached between the government and the EU.
What would an Australian-style immigration points system mean for the UK?
The level of immigration under a points-based system depends, in part, on how the system is designed.
What does leaving the EU mean for border controls?
We look at what the impact of leaving the EU will be on border controls in the UK.
Vote Leave "facts" leaflet: Taking control?
Factchecking the Vote Leave "facts" leaflet.
The government's EU leaflet: borders
Factchecking the government's EU referendum leaflet on controlling the UK's borders.
Did 1.8 million migrants enter the EU illegally last year?
1.8 million illegal border crossings into the EU were detected by member states in 2015. This isn’t the same as 1.8 million migrants.
We don't know that 100,000 illegal migrants have been stopped at the border
The claim that 100,000 illegal migrants have been stopped at the border is an unofficial projection and is uncertain.
UK Migration Policy since the 2010 General Election
What key changes took place in UK migration policy under the Coalition government?
Enforcing the border: enforced removals and voluntary departures of people violating immigration law
The number of enforced removals of people without authorization to remain have gradually fallen since 2005.
Why don't we know how many migrants are entering and leaving the UK?
Net migration last year was estimated at 298,000. We looked at why we don't know exactly how many migrants are entering and leaving the UK.