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THEY ALL WANT TO COME TO BRITAIN
NO, THEY JUST WANT TO BE SAFE
People fleeing danger in their own country simply want safety. In fact, it is the poorest countries in the world, often those bordering war and crisis zones, which accept the largest number of refugees.
Most asylum seekers do not choose their destination country. When fleeing persecution, it isn’t the first thing on an individuals mind. Those with some choice often come to the UK because they have friends or family here.
A Home Office report concluded that there was absolutely no evidence to suggest that asylum seekers had a detailed knowledge of the UK welfare benefits system.
(Understanding decision-making of asylum seekers, UK Home Office report)
In 2012, the UK ranked 11 out of the main
15 EU countries in terms of asylum applicants
per head of population. The UK received a total of
27,500 applicants (including dependents).
France, Germany and Sweden all received more
applications than the UK - 60% of the total - with
France and Germany both receiving more than 60,000