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Asylum Seekers

Last Updated: Thursday January 20 2005 12:10 GMT

Why are asylum seekers in the news?

Protest against an Asylum Centre in Worcestershire

There's a big argument going on about the numbers and treatment of asylum seekers in the UK.

Some people think the UK is too "soft" on asylum seekers and lets too many people stay in the country.

They think these people take up money and jobs which could go to people from the UK. They say there are "bogus" asylum seekers, who only come to other countries to get benefits.

But other people think we are not doing enough to support asylum seekers who often come to the UK looking for help.