There are many different reasons a person may decide to claim asylum in the UK. Some people wish to come to the UK because they have family or other personal connections. We cannot underestimate the importance of these links, given the trauma and danger people are trying to escape.
For others, they may wish to come to the UK because they speak English, and believe that will help them to integrate, including making it easier to find work, or to navigate complex legal systems.
For many people, their options are limited, and their choices may be influenced by the people who they engage to help them with their journeys – some will make the desperate decision to board a boat, or climb into the back of a lorry, with little or no information about where they will be taken.
Most people have little to no information about welfare or benefits that are available to people seeking asylum in the UK.
Think about where you would want to seek safety if, for whatever reason, it became unsafe for you to stay in the UK. It may not be our nearest neighbours but somewhere else that speaks English and has a similar culture, such as the United States or Australia.