YORKSHIRE is home to more asylum seekers living in state-funded accommodation than anywhere else in the UK, official figures have revealed.
Nearly 7,500 asylum seekers in the region are living in so-called "dispersal accommodation" - 22% of the national total, the Home Office statistics show.
There are 780 asylum seekers now living in Kirklees, the study reveals.
In Leeds, some 2,015 asylum seekers are living in Government-funded homes, with another 1,045 in Sheffield and 745 in Bradford.
A further 335 asylum seekers are living in the region outside of state-funded homes on "subsistence only" benefits.
Nationally, the number of failed asylum seekers deported from Britain fell 28%. There were 3,635, including dependants, deported from July to September this year, compared with 5,070 in the previous three months. It was the lowest quarterly figure since the second quarter of 2004, Home Office figures showed.
Asylum applications for the year to date were the lowest since 1993, at just under 17,800.
Immigration minister Liam Byrne said: "We have seen in the year so far more failed asylum seekers being removed than predicted unfounded asylum claims, but there is more still do."
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, a pressure group which campaigns against mass immigration, said: "This is an abysmal performance.
"After all the talk of reaching a tipping point, the Home Office have now fallen well short of the Prime Minister's target. We are going backwards, not forwards."
DISTRICT figures for asylum seekers supported in state-funded accommodation in the Yorkshire and Humber region include:
Barnsley 495; Bradford 745; Calderdale 240; Doncaster 625; Kingston u Hull 390; KIRKLEES 780; Leeds 2,015; NE Lincolnshire 65; Rotherham 700; Sheffield 1,045; Wakefield 370.