Economics


Do We Really Need Yet More Eu Workers?

This week our Chairman Lord Green of Deddington wrote an article for Conservative Home arguing that claims made by businesses that they need continued net inflows of migrants from the EU must be scrutinised by government. The full article is below. Do we really need yet more EU workers? By Lord Green of Deddington As […]

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 […]

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 […]

There Are No Excuses Now For A Failure To Reduce Migration

The triggering of Article 50 last week was a major step towards honouring the referendum result. It will undoubtedly please the 69% of the public who say they want Brexit to go ahead (YouGov poll, March 2017) Yet the mass-migration lobby continues to make unconvincing assertions about the risk of economic damage if free movement […]

Claim That Reducing Low-skilled Migration Would Harm Economy Not Backed Up By The Facts

A recent Economist article (‘Keep Out: Lower immigration could be the biggest economic cost of Brexit’, 25th February 2017) makes a number of bogus claims about both the impact of immigration and the public’s response to it that deserve to be soundly rebutted. The article starts by suggesting that net migration into the UK is […]

Migration Watch Uk Response To Tuc Touchstone Blog

Following the publication of a Migration Watch UK paper detailing the implications of Single Market membership for levels of net migration from the EU, a blog post was published on the TUC run Touchstone blog (see here). The main thrust of our paper (which you can read here) was that Single Market membership, which would […]

National Institute For Economic And Social Research Fails To Convince With Assertion That Reducing Migration Would Lead To Slower Growth

A new paper published by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) claims that reducing migration to the UK would result in slower growth for the UK economy with a key driver being the impact lower migration would have on productivity. However, given that prospective post-Brexit restrictions on migration would likely restrict the […]

8th December 2016 (Economics, Employment, European Union)

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 […]

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