Quick Guide:Asylum and Immigration
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How many asylum seekers?

Asylum decisions

Who comes here?

Who gets to stay?

What we donít know

Economic impact

Who comes here?

Through most of the 20th century, more people left the UK than arrived.

Only since 1983 there has been net immigration.

In 2003, 151,000 more people came to the UK for more than a year than left, slightly less than in 2002.

Record numbers of Commonwealth citizens came, along with large numbers of EU citizens and returning Britons, who had been living or working abroad.

140,000 foreign nationals were allowed to settle permanently, meaning they had been here for at least five years.