Tag: 2016 Comparison

Asylum, UK, Were They Carrying Their Fair Share?

December 23, 2017

The following information comes directly from The Guardian. Copied from a video in relation to the lodging, payments, education and medical care the asylum seeker receives from the UK.

First of all, they get a place to live in, a hostel or a B&B. They do not get to choose where they live, and it’s very unlikely to be in London. Accommodations are all provided by private firms such as SERCO and G4S. Sometimes it is in extremely poor condition with reports of rats, bedbugs and dirty conditions.

The asylum seeker will receive £36.95 per week in the UK. Pregnant mothers will receive £3.00 extra per week. In France an asylum seeker will receive £65.59 per week. That’s almost double the amount in France.

Asylum seekers in the UK are entitled to free basic healthcare on the NHS.

Children aged 5-17 receive free compulsory education.

Asylum seekers in the UK are not permitted to work or claim unemployment benefits.

The Home Office tries to decide on asylum claims in six months, but cases can take years to be resolved.

Some people who are rejected for asylum are put in detention centers.

38,517 people applied for asylum in the UK in 2016. That’s 3% of Europe’s total asylum claims.

In the UK, the highest number of claims were from citizens of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, despite the high profile coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2016. Only 1,588 Syrian Nationals applied for asylum in the UK.

According to Pew Research , the USA took in a total of 38,901 Muslim refugees in 2016. This figure is almost half of the total number of refugees that were taken in 2016, making a grand total of 85,000 asylum seekers.

Seems to me the USA has taken in enough to last us quite awhile.