Between 2011 and 2014 almost 150,000 deaths and injuries from explosive weapons were reported in English language media around the world. About 80% of these were civilians.
Casualties were recorded in 92 different countries and territories. And the five most affected countries were Iraq (35,959 civilian casualties), Syria (22,574), Pakistan (13,058), Afghanistan (8,686) and Gaza (4,769).
These were places where you had a very real chance of being killed by a mortar round or a suicide bomber, an air dropped bomb or a cluster munition. Where your home could be blown apart in the blink of an eye. Where your family life could be shredded and broken in an instant. Where all that you held close and loved dearly could be crushed and smashed, crumpled and burnt.
In light of this, then, the question has to be – how many refugees from these countries have been grated asylum in the UK?
The Home Office publishes such data between 2011 and 2013.
In total, from the five most affected countries in the world, the UK received – over those three years – 16,717 asylum applications.
Of these 21% were granted asylum without needing to appeal – a total of 3,557 people.
Applications from Syria were most likely to be granted asylum (almost two thirds were allowed to stay). But only about 15% of applications from Iraq – the most heavily impacted country in the world by explosive weapons – were deemed to be legitimate refugees.
As the debate rages about the refugees seeking asylum in the EU, perhaps it should be remembered just how few of those most at risk have managed to find a safe home in the United Kingdom.
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