Victor Sebestyen

The rewards of being the ‘asylum capital of the world’

Matthew Lockwood traces Britain’s long history as a haven for refugees and argues that the nation has benefitted greatly over the centuries as a result

One of many waves of French émigrés over the centuries: refugees from the Franco-Prussian War arrive in London in 1870. [Universal Images Group via Getty Images]

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