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Visa ‘outsourcing’ Likely To Fuel Big Increase In Illegal Immigration Warns Think-tank

A Government decision to ‘outsource’ applications for visas by foreigners coming to Britain is likely to lead to an increase in illegal immigration, while the government’s capacity to remove them is close to zero, think-tank Migrationwatch warned today. Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) at British Embassies and Consulates around the world are responsible for the issue […]

Hold Back The Immigrant Flood

By Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, in The Sunday Times, 4 November, 2007 Just occasionally a series of events crystallises public opinion and transforms the political landscape. That is what has happened with immigration in the past fortnight. Three events stand out. The crucial wake-up call was publication of the government’s latest […]

Right Not To Remain Silent

The Sunday Times leading article of 28 October, recognises that "It is not easy writing about immigration without being accused by the left of racism or by the right of complacency." It stresses that "polls show that people are deeply concerned about its impact and frustrated that a policy fundamentally changing the nature of Britain […]

The Rising Wave That We Were Too Afraid To Discuss

Commentary by Sir Andrew Green, Chairman, Migration Watch UK, in The Daily Telegraph on 24 October, 2007 These population projections mark a turning point in the national dialogue. The public have at last become aware of the enormous impact of present levels of immigration on the future of our society. Official figures now indicate that […]

Examination By The House Of Lords Of The Economic Impact Of Immigration On The Uk

Draft minutes of oral evidence given by Professor Robert Rowthorn, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and Professor Stephen Nickell, Nuffield College Oxford, of the economic impact of immigration on the UK, to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs on 9 October, 2007 are available for viewing on the Parliamentary web site.

We Need An Honest Immigration Debate

Professor Robert Rowthorn of Cambridge University offers his views on the Government’s assertion that "Migrants contribute £6 billion to the GDP". He emphasises, in an article the Sunday Telegraph of 21 October, that what individuals wish to know is whether they are financially better off because of mass immigration. It is, therefore, GDP per head […]

Immigration Is Placing A Great Strain On The Uk

The Government’s new Migration Impacts Forum confirms that mass immigration is placing a huge strain on housing, health, education and policing in virtually all regions of the UK. It claims that immigrants contribute £6 billion a year to the economy; but fails to mention any costs to the British taxpayer. David Coleman, Professor of Demography […]

Migrationwatch Comment On Revised Immigration Assumptions By The Ons Today

Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migrationwatch, points out that the new ONS assumption, released today, at last recognises that the present very high levels of immigration are likely to continue unless the government moves from rhetoric to really effective measures. He highlights that it means that our population will increase by about 8.7 million between […]

At Last, A Big Idea From The Libdems. Pity It’s Such A Foolish One

Commentaryby Sir Andrew Green At last the LibDems have noticed that we have a problem over immigration. For years they have been in denial but yesterday’s conference debate is their first tiny step toward reality. They even have a big idea. Unfortunately, it is an extremely foolish one. They are calling for ‘an earned route […]

Why One Size Does Not Fit All

Eurobabble is the only word to describe yesterday’s speech on immigration by Franco Frattini. Yet again the "one size fits all" approach of the European Commission produces a result that is a nonsense for Britain Immigration, he declared, is the key answer to a declining population. There is just one problem with that. England’s population […]

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