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Where do asylum seekers live?

The majority of asylum seekers are in low-cost housing in urban areas such as Glasgow, Birmingham, Stoke, Cardiff and Middlesbrough. But many local authorities have very few or even no asylum seekers receiving support within their boundaries.

Asylum seekers can apply for support for the period during which their asylum application and any subsequent appeal is being considered - often known as Section 95 support.

They must satisfy a 'destitution' test, meaning that they do not have adequate accommodation or money to meet living expenses for themselves and any dependants within the next 14 days. Most are eligible.

Image caption Glasgow has the most asylum seekers, followed by Birmingham, Liverpool and Cardiff. Manchester, Rochdale and Bolton also each house more than 1,000

These figures from the Home Office show the numbers of asylum seekers receiving Section 95 support in each local authority area, as of Q4 2015.

Local authority Number of asylum seekers
Aberdeen 0
Aberdeenshire 0
Adur 8
Allerdale 0
Amber Valley 0
Angus 0
Antrim and Newtownabbey 0
Argyll and Bute 0
Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon 0
Arun 0
Ashfield 1
Ashford 0
Aylesbury Vale 3
Babergh 2
Barking and Dagenham 167
Barnet 71
Barnsley 435
Barrow-in-Furness 0
Basildon 8
Basingstoke and Deane 0
Bassetlaw 1
Bath and North East Somerset 1
Bedford 16
Belfast 544
Bexley 30
Birmingham 1775
Blaby 1
Blackburn with Darwen 334
Blackpool 5
Blaenau Gwent 0
Bolsover 0
Bolton 1034
Boston 0
Bournemouth 9
Bracknell Forest 5
Bradford 700
Braintree 3
Breckland 1
Brent 85
Brentwood 0
Bridgend 4
Brighton and Hove 19
Bristol 328
Broadland 5
Bromley 18
Bromsgrove 1
Broxbourne 3
Broxtowe 3
Burnley 4
Bury 458
Caerphilly 0
Calderdale 266
Cambridge 0
Camden 25
Cannock Chase 4
Canterbury 4
Cardiff 1450
Carlisle 0
Carmarthenshire 0
Castle Point 4
Causeway Coast and Glens 0
Central Bedfordshire 0
Ceredigion 0
Charnwood 2
Chelmsford 4
Cheltenham 0
Cherwell 2
Cheshire East 0
Cheshire West and Chester 0
Chesterfield 0
Chichester 0
Chiltern 0
Chorley 0
Christchurch 0
City of London 0
Clackmannanshire 0
Colchester 6
Conwy 0
Copeland 0
Corby 0
Cornwall 0
Cotswold 0
County Durham 0
Coventry 551
Craven 0
Crawley 12
Croydon 141
Dacorum 4
Darlington 0
Dartford 5
Daventry 0
Denbighshire 0
Derby 718
Derbyshire Dales 0
Derry and Strabane 0
Doncaster 261
Dover 0
Dudley 230
Dumfries and Galloway 0
Dundee 15
Ealing 135
East Ayrshire 0
East Cambridgeshire 0
East Devon 0
East Dorset 0
East Dunbartonshire 0
East Hampshire 0
East Hertfordshire 2
East Lindsey 1
East Lothian 0
East Northamptonshire 0
East Renfrewshire 0
East Riding of Yorkshire 0
East Staffordshire 2
Eastbourne 0
Eastleigh 1
Eden 0
Edinburgh 14
Eilean Siar 0
Elmbridge 1
Enfield 160
Epping Forest 11
Epsom and Ewell 1
Erewash 1
Exeter 2
Falkirk 1
Fareham 0
Fenland 3
Fermanagh and Omagh 0
Fife 2
Flintshire 0
Forest Heath 0
Forest of Dean 0
Fylde 0
Gateshead 261
Gedling 0
Glasgow 3084
Gloucester 112
Gosport 0
Gravesham 1
Great Yarmouth 0
Greenwich 84
Guildford 3
Gwynedd 3
Hackney 36
Halton 2
Hambleton 0
Hammersmith and Fulham 25
Harborough 0
Haringey 126
Harlow 2
Harrogate 0
Harrow 51
Hart 0
Hartlepool 134
Hastings 80
Havant 0
Havering 57
Herefordshire 0
Hertsmere 4
High Peak 0
Highland 0
Hillingdon 149
Hinckley and Bosworth 0
Horsham 2
Hounslow 82
Huntingdonshire 0
Hyndburn 3
Inverclyde 0
Ipswich 76
Isle of Anglesey 0
Isle of Wight 0
Isles of Scilly 0
Islington 26
Kensington and Chelsea 14
Kettering 0
King's Lynn and West Norfolk 0
Kingston upon Hull 269
Kingston upon Thames 35
Kirklees 424
Knowsley 1
Lambeth 41
Lancaster 8
Leeds 588
Leicester 918
Lewes 6
Lewisham 83
Lichfield 0
Lincoln 0
Lisburn and Castlereagh 0
Liverpool 1556
Luton 75
Maidstone 0
Maldon 0
Malvern Hills 0
Manchester 1103
Mansfield 2
Medway 5
Melton 0
Mendip 0
Merthyr Tydfil 0
Merton 29
Mid and East Antrim 0
Mid Devon 0
Mid Suffolk 1
Mid Sussex 1
Mid Ulster 0
Middlesbrough 917
Midlothian 0
Milton Keynes 17
Mole Valley 0
Monmouthshire 0
Moray 0
Neath Port Talbot 1
New Forest 0
Newark and Sherwood 0
Newcastle upon Tyne 572
Newcastle-under-Lyme 0
Newham 274
Newport 464
Newry, Mourne and Down 0
North Ayrshire 0
North Devon 0
North Dorset 0
North Down and Ards 1
North East Derbyshire 0
North East Lincolnshire 0
North Hertfordshire 3
North Kesteven 0
North Lanarkshire 0
North Lincolnshire 0
North Norfolk 0
North Somerset 1
North Tyneside 114
North Warwickshire 0
North West Leicestershire 0
Northampton 7
Northumberland 1
Norwich 123
Nottingham 870
Nuneaton and Bedworth 1
Oadby and Wigston 3
Oldham 682
Orkney Islands 0
Oxford 10
Pembrokeshire 0
Pendle 5
Perth and Kinross 2
Peterborough 153
Plymouth 258
Poole 1
Portsmouth 136
Powys 1
Preston 139
Purbeck 0
Reading 10
Redbridge 193
Redcar and Cleveland 10
Redditch 5
Reigate and Banstead 1
Renfrewshire 4
Rhondda Cynon Taf 0
Ribble Valley 0
Richmond upon Thames 20
Richmondshire 0
Rochdale 1044
Rochford 2
Rossendale 0
Rother 0
Rotherham 375
Rugby 0
Runnymede 1
Rushcliffe 0
Rushmoor 2
Rutland 0
Ryedale 0
Salford 711
Sandwell 802
Scarborough 0
Scottish Borders 0
Sedgemoor 0
Sefton 7
Selby 0
Sevenoaks 0
Sheffield 769
Shepway 0
Shetland Islands 0
Shropshire 0
Slough 34
Solihull 2
South Ayrshire 2
South Bucks 0
South Cambridgeshire 2
South Derbyshire 0
South Gloucestershire 42
South Hams 0
South Holland 0
South Kesteven 0
South Lakeland 0
South Lanarkshire 4
South Norfolk 1
South Northamptonshire 1
South Oxfordshire 2
South Ribble 0
South Somerset 2
South Staffordshire 0
South Tyneside 55
Southampton 80
Southend-on-Sea 9
Southwark 59
Spelthorne 5
St. Albans 9
St. Edmundsbury 0
St. Helens 4
Stafford 0
Staffordshire Moorlands 0
Stevenage 2
Stirling 1
Stockport 118
Stockton-on-Tees 793
Stoke-on-Trent 716
Stratford-on-Avon 0
Stroud 0
Suffolk Coastal 2
Sunderland 171
Surrey Heath 2
Sutton 11
Swale 1
Swansea 843
Swindon 169
Tameside 309
Tamworth 0
Tandridge 1
Taunton Deane 1
Teignbridge 0
Telford and Wrekin 3
Tendring 0
Test Valley 0
Tewkesbury 4
Thanet 0
Three Rivers 0
Thurrock 39
Tonbridge and Malling 0
Torbay 0
Torfaen 0
Torridge 0
Tower Hamlets 17
Trafford 118
Tunbridge Wells 0
Uttlesford 0
Vale of Glamorgan 0
Vale of White Horse 4
Wakefield 46
Walsall 247
Waltham Forest 143
Wandsworth 24
Warrington 2
Warwick 0
Watford 16
Waveney 0
Waverley 2
Wealden 0
Wellingborough 7
Welwyn Hatfield 2
West Berkshire 0
West Devon 0
West Dorset 0
West Dunbartonshire 0
West Lancashire 53
West Lindsey 1
West Lothian 1
West Oxfordshire 0
West Somerset 0
Westminster 35
Weymouth and Portland 0
Wigan 739
Wiltshire 2
Winchester 0
Windsor and Maidenhead 3
Wirral 3
Woking 0
Wokingham 0
Wolverhampton 689
Worcester 2
Worthing 1
Wrexham 90
Wychavon 0
Wycombe 42
Wyre 2
Wyre Forest 1
York 0

Note: Data includes dependants in receipt of support but excludes unaccompanied asylum-seeking children supported by local authorities