There aren't more asylum seekers asking for sanctuary in Britain.
Figures released today indicate asylum applications at their highest level for six years, at 37,000.
And there's a canny bit of jiggery-pokery here. The Times reports the same figures and says:
Asylum claims are higher than the number recorded at the peak of the 2015-16 European migration crisis at the height of the Syrian civil war, when applications hit 36,546.
That asylum claims are comparable or even slightly higher than they were in 2015 - at the very height of the European migrant crisis - is quite something.
It's all about how you frame it obviously. The Times's headline couldn't be further from Mark Easton's 'frame':
Asylum claims at highest level for 20 years as Channel crossings surge
I'm intrigued though about what was going on throughout 2001. 🤔 Ah, yes.