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 gets to stay?

Almost half of those settling in the UK do so for family reasons such as marriage.

A fifth of settlers start out as long-term workers who later commit to stay.

About 15% are refugees or others given asylum protection.

A third of settlement approvals went to African nationals in 2003 and a fifth to those from the Indian sub-continent.

There are some 1m EU citizens, including Irish, in the UK.

Last year 130,000 people from the EU's new eastern nations came to work in the UK.