Migrant myths

Myths about Migrants

Myth: The UK receives the most asylum applications in the EU.
Truth: In 2009 France and Germany received more (See Student Factsheet 1).

Myth: Asylum seekers take jobs from British workers.
Truth: Asylum seekers have not had the right to work in the UK since 2002 (See Student Factsheet 1).

Myth: Asylum seekers get priority accommodation.
Truth: Those who quality for asylum are given ’no choice’ accommodation in dispersal areas.

Myth: Asylum seekers live on full benefits.
Truth: Those who qualify for asylum support get a weekly benefit set at 70 per cent of benefit levels for UK adults (See Student Factsheet 1).

Myth: Most asylum seekers have chosen to come here to look for work and because the UK is a soft touch.
Truth: Asylum seekers have not had the right to work in the UK since 2002 (See Student Factsheet 1).

Myth: The huge number of people coming to the UK from the A8 countries (East and Central Europe) are a massive charge to the British taxpayer.
Truth: A recent study by University College, London economists (23/7/2009) shows that in the tax year 2008/2009, A8 immigrants paid 37 per cent more in direct and indirect taxes than was spent on public goods and services they received.

Myth: There is no difference between an asylum seeker and an illegal immigrant.
Truth: An asylum seeker is someone who has made an application for asylum to the authorities. An illegal immigrant has entered the country without making their presence known to the Border Control authorities.

Myth: An immigrant managing to stay on in the UK has full access to benefits and social housing.
Truth: Foreign nationals generally have to satisfy immigration authorities they they have the financial means to support themselves and their dependants.

Myth: People from the A8 countries can just turn up and work.
Truth: They must register under the Workers Registration Scheme. Self employed people need not register but most contact the tax authorities for tax purposes.