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Panorama's immigration quiz

Test your knowledge on immigration

How tough would entry be to Britain if you were in charge? Take our immigration quiz to find out.


1.) Fortress Europe

Europe is one of the world's most popular destinations for asylum seekers. According to 2007 statistics, which was their most favoured EU destination?

  1. Sweden
  2. France
  3. Britain

2.) Destination UK

In 2007 there were nearly 30,000 applicants for asylum to the UK, but where do the highest amount of applicants come from?

  1. Turkmenistan
  2. Pakistan
  3. Afghanistan

3.) Under the radar

It is impossible to tell how many illegal immigrants are in the UK, but what is the rough estimate?

illegal immigrant
  1. 100,000
  2. 500,000
  3. 1m

4.) Locked in, locked out

The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) predicts an amnesty on illegal immigrants will save money. How much does the IPPR estimate will be the cost of deporting Britain's illegal immigrants?

locked gate
  1. £170m
  2. £470m
  3. £4.7bn

5.) Wherever I lay my hat

In the past, London has traditionally been the favoured destination for migrant workers but according to 2006 figures where are you most likely to find migrant workers from Eastern Europe?

man outside job centre
  1. Midlands
  2. North East
  3. Anglia

6.) Nine to five

The Polish are often associated with plumbing but what type of jobs do most migrants from the EU accession countries do?

  1. Factory worker
  2. Care assistants and home carers
  3. Agricultural

7.) On your way out...

Over half a million people came to live in the UK in 2007, but it is not all one way, how many left?

leaving uk
  1. 140,000
  2. 340,000
  3. 640,000

8.) Papers please

If you enter the UK illegally how long do you have to contact the authorities and claim asylum?

Home Office
  1. 24 hours
  2. One week
  3. Unlimited

9.) Britain's babies

Over 7% of people living in Britain were born abroad, most of them from India and Pakistan, but which is the third most common birthplace outside the UK, for Brits.

  1. Canada
  2. Germany
  3. Australia

10.) If your name's not down

Which of these famous rappers has NOT been denied entry into the UK, at some point.

  1. Snoop Dogg
  2. Kanye West
  3. Busta Rhymes


  1. Sweden received more applications than any other European country, 16%. France and Britain shared second and third with 13% each of total asylum applications to the EU27.
  2. Of the 28,300 applicants, most came from Afghanistan, of which 63% were refused. You are most likely to be refused if you come from China, with over 90% of Chinese applicants refused.
  3. An official Home Office study in 2005, calculated there were about 450,000 to 500,000.
  4. An amnesty would bring £1bn in extra taxes and save costs of £4.7bn needed to deport them say the IPPR. But opponents point to the increased problems for housing, health services and crime.
  5. It is Anglia.
  6. Most jobs are taken up as factory workers. Two hundred and seventy thousand migrants from the EU accession countries were registered in the industry between May 2004 and December 2006.
  7. An estimated 340,000 people of all backgrounds left the UK for twelve months or more in 2007 compared to over 500,000 who came and stayed.
  8. Under the Geneva Convention there is no time limit on one's ability to claim asylum within a country, so it's possible to be here illegally, to be discovered and then claim asylum.
  9. According to the 2001 census, the third most common birthplace outside the UK for British residents - excluding Ireland - is Germany, with over a quarter of million British residents born there.
  10. Snoop and Busta were denied entry to the UK. Busta was eventually allowed through by a High Court judge, in order not to disappoint fans, who were expecting to see him in concert.

Could you run our boarders?

0 - 5 : hmm, a visa is not just a credit card.

6 - 8 : Not bad, we hear the Home Office is recruiting.

9 - 10 : Nothing gets past you, move over Jacqui Smith

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