Employment


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 […]

Daniel Hannan Is Wrong To Focus On The Benefits System – Only Visas For Eu Workers Will Control Migration

Daniel Hannan, the Conservative MEP for South East England, writing in yesterday’s Sun has picked up on a story published in last weekend’s Sunday Times entitled ‘Benefits for Migrants Face Axe’ (£) which details plans reportedly being drawn up by Ministers to restrict in-work benefits for future EU migrants to the UK. Mr Hannan praised […]

Migration Watch Uk Press Comment – Businesses Not Facing An Immigration ‘cliff Edge’ Post Brexit

A sharp drop after Brexit in the number of Eastern European workers who are already here is unlikely and does not justify business demands for continued large inflows of low skilled workers. That is the conclusion of a paper released by Migration Watch UK today. The evidence suggests that there is little need for continued […]

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 […]

Annual Cap Of 20,700 On Work Permits Has Never Been Reached

Business lobby have been crying “wolf” Despite frequent complaints from businesses the annual cap on Tier 2 work permits has had virtually no impact on their ability to recruit the brightest and best from around the world. That is the conclusion of a report being issued by Migration Watch UK, which finds that the annual cap of […]

4th January 2017 (Employment, Visas/Work Permits)

Scotland’s Need For Skilled Migrant Workers

Summary: 1. The Scottish Government has claimed that Scotland needs continued free movement of people for EU citizens when the UK leaves the European Union, to deal with a ‘skills gap’.[1] But new analysis of the Labour Force Survey suggests that the proportion of Scotland’s total highly-skilled workforce comprised of EU migrants is roughly similar […]

15th December 2016 (Employment, Visas/Work Permits)

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)

Lord Green Writes In Conservative Home: Brexit And Immigration – Time For Some Clarity On Aims

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK. November 30, 2016 It is now abundantly clear that some opponents of Brexit are seeking to use parliamentary procedures to delay and obstruct the forthcoming negotiations in the hope that they can engineer another referendum with a different result. Indeed, the Liberal Democrat leader has virtually said as much. […]

Brexit Negotiation: Publication Of Uk Objectives

Summary 1. There is a perfectly feasible way forward on immigration which meets the main concerns of all participants, except for some relating to new arrivals of low paid migrant workers. Early publication of the UK’s objectives (but not the strategy) would help calm concerns without weakening our hand. Introduction 2. In advance of the […]

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)

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