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Evening Standard Editorial Contains Litany Of Errors

The editorial ‘Clash on immigration — a win for the Cabinet’, which was published in the Evening Standard on 4 June 2018, is sloppily written and contains a number of factual errors: It alludes to what it calls the Prime Minister’s ‘opposition to visas for foreign NHS doctors’. This is a misrepresentation. As the government […]

Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration

The health sector had years to improve training of locals. Now they call for immigration. But that is not a solution. The only long-term answer is more training & better retention of existing staff We are regularly told that limits on skilled work permits are harming the NHS by preventing doctors and nurses coming in. […]

Selected Quotes From Migration Advisory Committee Interim Report On European Economic Area Migration

Below are selected quotes from the new report, published on 27 March 2018 by the independent Migration Advisory Committee, entitled: ‘EEA-workers in the UK labour market: Interim Update’. GDP Per Head & Productivity ‘The MAC view is that the UK has a well-known and long-standing productivity problem, lagging behind similar countries and a great deal […]

Confederation Of British Industry Takes Narrow Minded And Selfish View Of Immigration

1. Carolyn Fairbairn of the CBI has said that being able to access overseas labour of all skill levels and regardless of the eventual deal (or no deal) we strike with the EU is vital to business productivity and growth. 2. She has also said that extending to EU citizens the Tier-2 visa route currently […]

Talk Of A Brexodus Is Absurd But The Public Will Not Be Fooled

‘Exodus of the EU migrants’ said the front page of the Daily Express. ‘Brexodus’ exclaimed the Daily Star. BBC News led with: ‘Record numbers of EU nationals leaving the UK.’ As Julia Hartley-Brewer pointed out, the BBC headline was rich given the fact that the article quoted statistics for the period after the referendum showing […]

Response To Scottish Government Report On Immigration

A Scottish Government report, published on 7 February, claims that cutting immigration could ‘cost’ Scotland’s economy £10bn per year from 2040. Firstly it should be pointed out that what is characterised as a potential ‘cost’ is not based on a claim that lower immigration would lead to an actual shrinkage in the economy but rather an […]

21st February 2018 (Employment, European Union, Policy, Population)

Comment On Today’s Labour Market Statistics

The EU-born workforce stands at 2.39 million, which is higher than before the referendum. The number of EU8-born workers has dipped below a million, but the number of EU2-born workers remains at near record levels. Meanwhile, the number of EU14-born workers has increased to its highest level ever. Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration […]

Migration Watch Uk Comment On Post-brexit Transition Period

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:  “The PM is absolutely right to insist that those who arrive after Brexit should no longer acquire the automatic right to permanent residence. The EU demand is unreasonable. With half a million adult EU citizens registering for a National Insurance number in the UK every year […]

1st February 2018 (European Union, Migration Trends, Policy)

European Union Demands Could Increase By Up To A Million Those Acquiring A Right To Settle In The Uk After Brexit

The PM must firmly reject EU demands, allegedly being supported by President Macron, that their citizens who arrive after Brexit should be automatically granted the right to gain permanent settlement even though the UK will have left the EU. That is the conclusion of a Migration Watch UK paper (MW440 – Implications for immigration of a post-Brexit […]

18th January 2018 (European Union, Migration Trends)

Evidence Submitted By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The Migration Advisory Committee – January 2018

The impacts of international students in the UK Summary The benefits of international students are not in doubt – provided that they are genuine. There has been substantial abuse of the route since 2009 which has now been largely dealt with. The first year of exit checks has shown that 60,000 students extended their stay […]

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