A poll by Refugee Action - to mark Refugee Week - showed:
Asylum seekers find most British people polite, welcoming and obsessed with football, according to a survey out today.
And the best things about living in the UK are not only the friendly locals and our national sport, but also British TV, the poll found.
X-Factor, EastEnders and news bulletins were the top three TV programmes favoured by refugees and asylum seekers.
The Mail even included the definitions of asylum seeker and refugee - terms that, along with illegal immigrant, it usually uses so interchangeably.
The article says:
More than half said they either strongly agreed or tended to agree that the average British person welcomed refugees to the UK.
Fortunately, the Mail hasn't allowed any comments on the article to disprove that...
The same poll was given a rather more typical tabloid treatment by the Daily Star. The headline, for once, wasn't far off when it said 'Refugees love British TV and the Royal Family'.
But Emma Wall's article begins with an outright deception:
Asylum seekers are flocking to Britain because they love X Factor, the Queen and state handouts.
This is totally wrong for two reasons.
One is that the poll never asked why asylum seekers come to the UK but what they most liked about Britain now they are here. 'Flocking to Britain because...' simply can not be said, based on these results.
Secondly, there's no mention of state handouts anywhere in the poll.
Indeed, two sentences later, Wall admits it says no such thing:
A poll for a refugee charity found they also like living here because of our national passion for football.
But critics reckon the real reason is actually the fact they are cleaning up thanks to our generous benefits system.
It is sad that this Star hack thinks that a weekly income 30% below the poverty line is 'generous', but that's probably because she's ignorant about the facts.
And 'critics', eh? And one guess as to who those 'critics' are:
But the survey has been blasted for hiding the real reason they love Britain.
Matthew Elliott, from the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s undeniable some are here for the money and not our culture.”
It's not clear who this 'some' are.
But BBC journalist Paul Kenyon and recent Refugee Council research both said, the vast majority of asylum seekers had no knowledge of welfare benefits and support before coming to the UK.
It's also not clear why the Star felt it necessary to get a comment from the tedious rent-a-quote bores at the TPA about these results, apart from the fact they obviously felt they couldn't run a positive (or even neutral) immigration story.
Refugee Action has produced a poll revealing what refugees and asylum seekers like about the culture, society and people of Britain.
But that isn't good enough for the nasty, racist Star. They have to turn it into yet another misleading article about benefit-scrounging foreigners 'flocking' to the UK for the 'handouts'.