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There Are Lessons To Be Learned From The Uk’s Unsuccessful ‘renegotiation’

Daniel Korski, the former Deputy Director of David Cameron’s Policy Unit in Number 10, has published a comprehensive account of why he believes the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU was won by those advocating our departure. See here. One particular section has garnered considerable media attention and is worthy of a few comments. […]

24th October 2016 (Education, European Union, Policy, Population)

Brexit Should Be Seen As A Chance To Improve Productivity And Raise Wages For Agricultural Workers

That is the finding of a briefing paper (read the full paper here) being released today by Migration Watch UK. The agricultural lobby is calling for the reinstatement of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) in the light of new proposals for work permits confined to skilled European Union workers to be instituted post-Brexit. In […]

18th October 2016 (Employment, European Union)

Impact On Scotland’s Economy Of Reducing Migration Into Lower-skilled Work

The Scottish Government’s recent paper(read here) on the implications of Brexit for Scotland’s economic performance suggests restrictions on European migration could increase skills shortages with adverse implications for the economy. The paper provides neither references nor any evidence to support this assertion. In fact, the impact of immigration on the Scottish economy is far less than on […]

Sensible Controls On Eu Free Movement Could Well Be A Fiscal Benefit For The Uk

Migration Watch UK response to Treasury Select Committee Chairman Rt. Hon. Andrew Tyrie MP writing for Open Europe The Rt Hon. Andrew Tyrie MP writes for Open Europe (see full report here) that the Government needs to state clearly that stronger controls on free movement “may also carry an economic and fiscal cost for the UK, […]

5th September 2016 (Economics, European Union, Policy)

Update On The Fiscal Impact Of Immigration

1. Professors Dustmann and Frattini from the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College, London have commented (see here) on our paper on the Fiscal Impact of Immigration to the UK published earlier this year (see here). 2. This blog picks up on their key points 3. They note: MW [Migration Watch] […]

30th August 2016 (Economics, Policy)

Social Market Foundation Report Based On Highly Questionable Assumptions

A new report from the Social Market Foundation suggests that an economic slowdown following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will lead to a slowing of migration – perhaps to the tens of thousands – without requiring the imposition of any actual controls on migration. Any such conclusion is thoroughly unsound, relying on […]

Uk Population Rises By More Than 500,000 In A Year To Reach 65.1 Million

The ONS has today released the Annual Population Estimates for mid-2015. The UK population is now 65.1 million, an increase of 513,000 on the previous year. See the full ONS data here. The increase in the population was down to two factors, natural change (births minus deaths) and net migration. Of the half a million […]

23rd June 2016 (Population)

The Vanishing Students From Outside The Eu

1. Much attention has been paid to the apparent failure of the government to reduce non-EU migration. However, it would seem that this is very largely due to the significant number of students who have remained in the UK, legally or otherwise. 2. Non-EU net migration has averaged 172,000 in the last ten years, as […]

Are Migrants An Economic Benefit To The Uk?

1. Overall, migrants in the UK have been, and continue to be, a net fiscal cost to the UK Exchequer. Only recent migrants from the EU14 have made a net positive fiscal contribution. Immigration has not been shown to have any significant impact, either positive or negative, on GDP per capita, a key measure of […]

Ecj Ruling On Payment Of Child Benefits To Eu Citizens With No Right To Reside In The Uk

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today (see June 14th 2016 BBC News article here) confirmed that the UK does not have to pay child benefit and child tax credits to citizens of other EU countries if they are not working and as a result have no right to reside in the UK. The Court’s […]

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