Tuesday 22 September 2015

"Most asylum seekers are predictably from Syria"

On last night's The World Tonight (beginning at 22:51) presenter Ritula Shah said the following:
Well, as the number of people making their way across Europe to claim asylum has risen there's been more scrutiny of who's risking that journey. Eurostat, the European statistics agency, has figures from the second quarter of this year which show that while most asylum seekers are predictably from Syria, more surprisingly Afghans are in second place. But why?
Given that, as has been widely reported, Eurostat showed that only 20.6% of those asylum seekers came from Syria, how on earth can Ritula Shah assert that "most asylum seekers are predictably from Syria"? 

After all, the figures show that 79.4% of them didn't come from Syria.

What's going on here?


  1. I don’t know what’s going on, but I could have sworn I heard Matthew Price this morning saying that the migrants he’s spoken to recently (in Lesbos?) told him the ‘pull factor’ (Merkel’s invitation) was what tempted them to make the journey. Or was I dreaming?

  2. A couple of days ago, Frankie whatsit was saying it was "more than third'. Now it's doubled? Narrative? What narrative? I know the story is that Beeboids file for their editor more than for the objective facts, but this is getting ridiculous.

  3. I suspect it's not just that the BBC overwhelmingly recruits lefties who think that a weepie story trumps the facts, but that they also overwhelmingly recruit arts and humanities graduates who can't add up. So anything involving numbers is beyond them.


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