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Life in a foreign land: Clickable guide: Comparing asylum
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3. Germany |4. Tanzania | 5. USA | 6. UK

The UK has the world’s 19th largest number of refugees
6. UK
In 2000 more than 97,000 people applied for asylum in the UK - the largest number of any EU country. While waiting for the outcome of their applications, asylum seekers are not allowed to work for six months. About a quarter of asylum claims are rejected - and those whose appeals fail can be deported. They are given £10 ($14) in cash, and about £26 in vouchers a week, and are usually housed in hostels or detention centres.
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