More often than not, they don’t; the idea that all refugees try to get to the UK is a common, and false, misconception. In 2016 (the latest full data available), 18 times more people claimed asylum in Germany than in the UK. Sweden and Hungary, which both have much smaller populations than the UK, have taken several times more refugees per head of population than the UK has. In 2017, France handled over 100,000 asylum applications compared to 25,000 handled by the UK, i.e. four times more, and Italy handled three times more. When looked at across Europe, the percentage of refugees who aim for the UK is low.