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Proposal For An 11-month Work Visa – A Very Bad Idea

Summary On 23 November, the Daily Telegraph reported on leaked Cabinet papers which reveal that the Government has drawn up plans to introduce an 11-month visa for low-skilled workers to come to the UK. This proposal runs counter to the economic advice of the government’s own Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and will be seen as […]

27th November 2018 (Employment, Policy, Visas/Work Permits)

Signing United Nations Compact Could Only Undermine Government’s Commitment To Control And Reduce Immigration

The UK Government should make it clear that it will not sign the prospective United Nations ‘Global Compact on Migration for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’. If they have any regard for their election promises it would be entirely hypocritical to do so. The accord would commit signatories to the goal of ‘enhanc[ing] availability and flexibility of pathways […]

Rights Of European Union Citizens To Have Family Members Join Them After Brexit

Summary Under the terms of the draft UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, (published on 14 November 2018), the rights of EU nationals resident in the UK to bring in family members will exceed those of their British neighbours after Brexit day in March 2019 in the following respects: Those who arrive prior to end of the transition period will […]

19th November 2018 (European Union, Migration Trends, Policy)

No Case For Expanding Working Rights Of Asylum Seekers

The majority of 355,000 asylum claims decided in the UK since 2004 have been rejected Extending working rights would encourage abuse of the asylum system for the purpose of ‘back-door’ economic immigration This would further undermine public confidence in immigration control Instead, the Home Office should process claims more efficiently A number of non-governmental organisations […]

18th October 2018 (Employment, Policy)

Office For National Statistics Household Projections For England

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “This is a hopeless underestimate. The ONS are projecting annual net migration 25% lower than seen in the last ten years. Their high migration scenario is much more plausible and in line with the previous decade’s flows. That would mean a new home every three […]

21st September 2018 (Housing, Migration Trends, Policy)

An ‘army’ Of Illegal Immigrants Is Arriving In The Uk Every Year

The illegal immigrant population of the UK is rising by 70,000 per year – nearly equivalent to the size of the full-time British Army. That is the conclusion of a new paper (Illegal immigration – What can be done?) being issued by Migration Watch UK. The paper estimates the gross annual rise in the illegal […]

Response To Critics Of Our Research On The Impact Of Immigration On Population Growth

A recent Migration Watch UK paper shows that 82% of the total 6.6 million increase in the UK population between 2001 and 2016 was due, directly and indirectly, to immigration – that is to say a result of the net increase of those who were born overseas and their UK-born children. Put another way, immigration […]

5th September 2018 (Migration Trends, Population)

Letter From Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To Sir David Clementi, Chairman Of The Bbc

Dear Sir David, I am writing to express my serious concerns about a BBC video produced for ‘teaching’ 14 to 16 year olds about immigration. I am sure you will agree that immigration is an important and sensitive issue which should be treated with care and objectivity. Unfortunately, this video fails to meet these criteria. […]

3rd August 2018 (Education, Migration Trends, Policy)

Report By Scottish Affairs Committee Should Acknowledge That Over Two-thirds Of Scots Want Reduced Eu Immigration

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has released its report on the topic of ‘Immigration and Scotland’. This is our response. It is very disappointing that the report’s conclusion saw fit to ignore the crucial fact, made in both oral and written evidence to the Committee, that the majority of Scots [55%] think that immigration levels over […]

Time For The Government To Stop Caving In To The Immigration Lobby

By Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK Daily Express, 17 July 2018 Another year goes by and another set of Office of National Statistics figures show that net migration to the UK continues at eye-watering levels, driving population growth of nearly 400,000 people each year. While the headline figure of 282,000 net migrants […]

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