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An Emergency Brake Is A Dangerous Mirage

In an article for the Financial Times, former leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg argues that the UK should seek a Norway-style ‘emergency brake’ on EU migration post-Brexit. He adds that if the UK implemented this measure as part of the European Economic Area (EEA) whilst remaining in the Single Market, it would be […]

The Uk Government’s Proposal On Eu Citizens’ Rights – An Overview

The UK government has now published a detailed proposal on the future rights of EU citizens living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU. The main elements are summarised in the link below. The UK is of course negotiating with the European Union, which has taken a different view of those who should […]

Migration Watch Press Comment On Population Estimates For Mid-2016

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “This record rise in our population is very largely the result of massive levels of immigration which accounted for nearly two-thirds of the increase. We are now at a turning point. The Brexit negotiations must achieve a substantial reduction in EU migration. Failing that we will have […]

23rd June 2017 (Population)

Drop The Target Has Dropped The Ball

A paper just issued by the Migration Matters Trust claims: “Shocking new figures reveal that cutting net migration to less than 100,000 per year could hammer British jobs.” The ‘research’ content comprises two graphs of net migration plotted against the UK unemployment and UK employment rates respectively. These show that over the past ten years, […]

31st May 2017 (Employment, Migration Trends)

No Evidence That Cutting Net Migration Would Be ‘catastrophic’ For British Economy

The organisation Global Future argues in a recent report (published on 19th March) that cutting net migration would be ‘catastrophic’ for the British economy. It claims that continued high rates of net migration help keep unemployment low, tackle the UK’s chronically low productivity growth and are essential in helping to address the consequences of an ageing […]

Migration Watch Uk Press Comment On Today’s Net Migration Figures

Commenting on the release of the ONS Net Migration Statistics, Mr Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “This reduction in net migration is welcome but it is still running at a quarter of a million a year – a level that would have once have been dismissed as incredible. “This means, broadly, […]

25th May 2017 (Migration Trends, Population)

Would Government Policy To Reduce Net Migration Cost The Taxpayer £6bn A Year?

Claims that reaching the immigration target will bring a heavy cost to the Exchequer are simply wrong. They are based on unrealistic assumptions that do not reflect the actual policies envisaged. That is the conclusion of a paper issued by Migration Watch UK today. See here: https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/press-release/492 The claims are based on long term forecasts […]

Press Release – New Temporary Visa For European Workers To Plug Short-term Skills Gaps

Migration Watch UK have today issued a paper (EU Immigration, Post-Brexit – A Comprehensive Policy) on the prospect for temporary visas for EU migrants to work in jobs at lower skill levels than presently required for admission of non-EU nationals, such as bricklaying, plumbing and construction among others, for a maximum of three years after […]

Eu Immigration, Post-brexit – A Comprehensive Policy

Summary 1. A major benefit of Brexit will be our ability to control migration from the EU, now running at about 160,000 a year (net). The focus should be on preserving access for the highly skilled by means of work permits similar to those now issued to highly skilled non-EU migrants.[1] 2. For some occupations […]

Migration Watch Uk Proposals For An Immigration Policy After Brexit – What We Actually Said

In a blog for UK in a Changing EU, Professor Jonathan Portes draws attention to  a new report from the Office of National Statistics about migrant workers in the UK labour market. While the report contains much interesting information, Professor Portes uses it to make assertions about Migration Watch proposals for immigration in the future […]

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