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Based on a survey of research and electronic literature, fieldwork in selected European countries and statistical data, this study commissioned by the Home Office reviews the impact of asylum policies on the numbers and pattern of applications to European Union states for the period 1990-2000. More detailed analysis is provided for five country case studies – Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Italy – which represent a range of experiences, geographical locations, flows of asylum seekers and policy responses .

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UK Home Office Development and Statistics Directorate

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