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Asylum Seekers

Last Updated: Thursday April 09 2009 11:41 GMT

Why do asylum seekers leave home?

People

Many asylum seekers flee their own country because there is a civil war there or because their human rights are not being respected.

The top five countries that people came to the UK from in 2007 were:

  • Afghanistan (2,500)
  • Iran (2,210)
  • China (2,100)
  • Iraq (1,825)
  • Eritrea (1,810)

In some countries, people can be arrested, sent to prison or even tortured for their religious or political beliefs.

If the situation in a country changes for the better then there are often fewer asylum seekers from there.