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Asylum seeking in United Kingdom at highest in 11 years

By Hayden Smith

The number of people claiming asylum in the UK as a proportion of the population has reached its highest level for 11 years, official data shows.

Claims from 38,900 main applicants and dependants such as children were recorded in 2015 -equivalent to 107 every day.

This means Britain registered 597 asylum seekers per million residents - the highest rate since 2004, when it stood at 680 per million.

The findings emerged in analysis of Home Office data which provides an insight into the impact of the international migration crisis on asylum claims in Europe for the whole of last year.

The UK has fallen steadily down the ranks of EU countries in terms of applications per million of population in recent years, to 17th out of 28.

Around one in 30 (3.2%) of an estimated 1.2m people who sought asylum in the 28 member states lodged their claim in Britain. The percentage of asylum seekers received by the UK was the ninth highest in the EU. Germany received by far the highest share, with 35%.

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