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

How many asylum seekers?

The number of asylum seekers has fallen for two years - but rose in the six years before that, in line with most of our European neighbours.

The 34,000 arriving in 2004 represented 8.5% of the applicants to the industrialised world.

But the numbers have fallen, not least since regime changes in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Asylum seekers only make up 15% of immigrants each year - and an even smaller proportion of the 5m foreign-born residents of the UK.