European Union


Immigration Implications Of Brexit Trade Models

The current deal 1. If the UK leaves the European Union with a deal, free movement for EU workers will come to an end after the transition period, due to be completed in December 2020 (but which could be extended by up to two years). EU citizens who are already here, as well as those who […]

21st February 2019 (European Union, Policy)

Our Response To The Government’s Immigration White Paper

The proposal to admit an unlimited number of low-skilled workers from a range of countries is astonishing. A validity ‘limited to twelve months’ could well become a means of fiddling the immigration figures since they do not count as migrants unless they intend to be here for more than a year. Furthermore, there is no way in which their […]

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)

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 […]

Written Evidence Submitted By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The House Of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, June 2018

Post-Brexit migration What should the Government’s objectives be in drawing up a post Brexit immigration system? 1. The key objectives should be to end free movement so as to control and substantially reduce net migration from the EU, to retain the ability to recruit highly-skilled migrants from the EU and to maintain and develop the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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