We are regularly asked for reliable statistical data on the numbers of refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds, the UK and beyond.

Because the numbers change so rapidly, we think it’s more helpful to show you where we look for accurate information. The only stats we publish are the monthly briefings we produce around the numbers of destitute asylum seekers we accommodate through Grace Hosting.


The best local statistics come from Migration Yorkshire. As well as curating an enormous list of good resources, they also publish Local Migration Profiles each quarter – which you can find here.


The Refugee Council’s Briefing Papers – especially the Asylum Statistics series – are where we go for a slightly more accessible version of the Home Office numbers.


The Migration Observatory are good at allowing you compare UK data to the rest of Europe.

Sadly, the slightly more user friendly http://www.asylumineurope.org/comparator is not quite as up-to-date.

There are some useful infographics from Europa on a range of topics from trafficking to visas to unaccompanied minors  – but they are quite dense and wordy.


The United Nations High Commission for Refugees remains the definitive source of info on Global Trends and their Statistics and Operational Data Section is a thorough and comprehensive as you’d expect it to be.

Here’s a useful visualisation produced by the UNHCR of everyone affected by asylum: refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, returned refugees and stateless people.

Briefing Papers for Activists

These awareness raising resources by Asylum Matters are brilliant (and cover some of the ground we’re attempting to cover here)

The Asylum Support Appeals Project’s Factsheets and Briefing Notes provide a pretty comprehensive overview of practical issues relating to Asylum in the UK   – and provide really useful introductions to things like “Section 4 Support


Occasionally we find interesting things like this – a recent IPSOS MORI poll from October 2014 describing public perceptions of Immigration (slides 6-8).

Do you know of interesting sources of information? Do let us,know in the comments section below, and if we like them, we’ll put them in the main post. 

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