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Stop the witchhunt against refugees

We answer the government and media lies about asylum seekers

Issue No. 1802

Myth 1: Britain is flooded with refugees

Fact: New refugees only made up 0.1 percent of the population in Britain last year. Britain has a population of 59 million. Last year only 71,700 people applied for asylum here. That is nearly 10,000 less than the year before.

Myth 2: Many asylum seekers are 'bogus'

Fact: The top three countries refugees to Britain come from are Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan, all torn apart by war. People are forced to be refugees through war, repression, economic crisis and dire poverty. Britain ranks only seventh of the 15 European countries for asylum applications per 1,000 inhabitants.

Myth 3: Britain is a soft touch for refugees

Fact: Refugees live on only 70 percent of income support. They don't even get milk tokens for their children. A single adult has to survive on just £37.77 a week.

Myth 4: Refugees are a drain on the economy

Fact: Many refugees are educated and skilled-they are doctors, teachers and engineers. Our public services need them but refugees are not allowed to work. Yet immigrant workers contribute £2.5 billion to the British economy every year. Refugees add to and enrich all aspects of our society. That is why everyone should stand up to say that refugees are welcome here.


These are the people the government and press are demonising. Ziyan and her disabled son, Qodoo, fled from Iraq and were refugees at the Sangatte refugee camp in France.

Stop the war on asylum seekers

National demonstration Saturday 22 June Assemble 12 noon, Malet Street, London WC1


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