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Having accurate and up-to-date facts is crucial when teaching and learning about refugee and asylum related issues. Here is a selection of go-to sites:


UK government

  • Home Office migration statistics are collected here and immigration for the year ending September 2019, here.
  • House of Commons Library statistics on migration to and from the UK. Also statistics on asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.
  • The UNHCR Resettlement Handbook (UK chapter) explains the schemes that the UK government uses to assess and resettle refugees (March 2018). See also UNHCR Asylum in the UK

The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford seeks to inform public debate and policy through data and statistics.

Right to Remain Toolkit Informative guide to the UK’s immigration and asylum system. See also this video from the Leeds Asylum Seekers Network

The Refugee Council provides definitions of key terms and key statistics.

The Atlas of Migration, produced by the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography, lets you compare countries’ intake of refugees through maps and statistics.

Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2018, chapter 1

Moving Here  Offers free access, to an online catalogue of original material related to migration history, over the last 200 years, from local, regional and national archives, libraries and museums.

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