Immigration statistics

Fact checks including the reporting of statistical immigration, migration and migrants

22 November 2022

No published data to support minister’s claim about migrants saying they’re under 18

Robert Jenrick’s claim that up to 20% of adult men arriving at an asylum processing centre say they’re under 18 has prompted new questions about the Home Office’s use of …

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No published data to support minister’s claim about migrants saying they’re under 18
12 October 2022

Evidence for claim that 60% of small boat arrivals are Albanian not yet published

The figure has been used by Priti Patel in Parliament and a number of times in the media, but it isn’t yet supported by published government statistics.

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Evidence for claim that 60% of small boat arrivals are Albanian not yet published
16 August 2022

Telegraph ‘migrant’ graph only captures fraction of arrivals in the UK

A graph published by the Telegraph misses hundreds of thousands of people who moved to the UK to live, study and work in 2021.

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Telegraph ‘migrant’ graph only captures fraction of arrivals in the UK
12 August 2022

Leaked report doesn’t ‘vindicate’ view that most people crossing the Channel on small boats are 'economic migrants'

The Mail on Sunday recently published an article stating that four in 10 people crossing the Channel in small boats are from Albania.

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Leaked report doesn’t ‘vindicate’ view that most people crossing the Channel on small boats are 'economic migrants'
4 April 2022

No evidence ‘vast majority’ of people crossing Channel in small boats are economic migrants

Research indicates that the majority of people crossing the Channel go on to be granted asylum, but the full picture is not covered by official statistics.

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No evidence ‘vast majority’ of people crossing Channel in small boats are economic migrants
21 May 2020

It’s likely that over 100,000 people have entered the UK since the lockdown began

Government estimates on arrivals are opaque, but recent figures suggest 100,000 is an underestimate.

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It’s likely that over 100,000 people have entered the UK since the lockdown began
21 August 2019

EU immigration to the UK has been bigger than we thought

Official estimates of migration to and from the UK have been wrong for several years, and have lost their quality mark as a result.

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EU immigration to the UK has been bigger than we thought
18 March 2019

EU immigration to the UK

How many EU immigrants come to the UK, how many leave, and what effect has Brexit had?

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EU immigration to the UK
19 December 2018

Has there been a ‘Brexodus’ of EU citizens since the referendum?

What's happened to immigration, EU workers and the population since the Brexit referendum?

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Has there been a ‘Brexodus’ of EU citizens since the referendum?
13 September 2018

Is 82% of population growth driven by migration?

Including children born to immigrants, this seems broadly correct for the period 2001-2016.

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Is 82% of population growth driven by migration?

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