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September 4, 2015 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

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How many refugees and migrants are coming to Europe?

The number of people coming from outside Europe to claim asylum has risen significantly since 2011.

These are the annual figures for people asking for asylum in the 28 countries of the EU as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein until 2014, when there were 662,205 applications:

This is not technically the biggest influx of asylum seekers on record. In 1992 there were 697,085 applications, more than 438,000 in Germany alone, a surge driven mainly by refugees from the conflict in the Balkans.

But the very latest figures suggest the crisis has become even more acute in recent months. (more…)

Category: David Cameron, Europe
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September 2, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Scottish Government has published its plans for this year. But the ruling SNP has failed to keep promises to voters in the past.

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August 27, 2015 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Record levels of net migration are “deeply disappointing”, the government says. Nigel Farage thinks the real figures could be even higher. Is he right?

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August 26, 2015 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Which Labour leadership candidate would print money? Who wants to build 2 million houses? Who thinks George Osborne might be right about running a surplus?

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August 4, 2015 1 Comment By c4-network-admin

The government has sold a 5.2 per cent stake in RBS for 330p a share – £2.1bn. But was it a billion pound loss or an astute financial decision in an uncertain market?

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July 22, 2015 8 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Lawyers say the government is destroying the legal aid system. Ministers say our system is one of the most expensive in the world. Who’s right?

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July 21, 2015 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Female genital mutilation could affect women in every part of England and Wales, according to a new study. What’s behind the numbers?

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July 16, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The government says it wants most hospital doctors on seven-day contracts by the end of this parliament, claiming thousands of patients are dying unnecessarily thanks to lack of weekend cover. The

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July 13, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

George Osborne surprised many by announcing that Britain will meet its Nato defence spending commitments. Is it too good to be true?

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July 9, 2015 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

A 24-hour walkout by unions has closed London Underground, bringing gridlock to the capital. Each side is blaming the other for failing to reach a deal on pay and conditions. So what are the

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