Legal Matters


Removals Of Illegal Channel Migrants And Failed Asylum Seekers

Only around 2% (just over 200) of more than 8,800 people who have illegally crossed the Channel since the start of 2019 (see our Tracker) have been returned (one in every 42 arrivals). 80% of illegal Channel migrants whose asylum claim has been considered since the start of the year do not have a credible […]

Illegal Channel Crisis Part Of Larger European Debacle

Illegal Channel crossings are spiralling upwards. More people crossed in the past month than all of 2019. It’s part of a larger European debacle which began in earnest with Angela Merkel’s foolhardy invitation in the summer of 2015 to irregular migrants to come to Germany. Nearly 1.9 million people have illegally crossed into the EU […]

Rocketing Asylum Costs Combine With Widespread Abuse

New data released by the Home Office confirms that the cost of the asylum system has risen from £474 million in 2014/15 to £956 million in 2019/20. The latter total is equivalent to paying salaries of over 30,000 police officers (see average police office salary here). The data was quietly issued as part of this […]

Some Are In Denial About The Massive Abuse Of Our Asylum System

Recently we pointed to an explosive claim that there has been a recent ‘increase in abuse’ of the asylum system. This triggered the open borders industry. Clearly we struck a nerve. We cited as a source a June 2020 National Audit Office report (NAO) on immigration enforcement which examined a claim by the Home Office […]

4 In 5 Illegal Channel Crossers Refused Asylum

The Home Secretary told a Parliamentary Committee that those crossing the Channel have previously rejected the option of seeking asylum while passing through safe countries. Ms Patel said ‘migrants had journeyed through other countries which were safe refuges’. She added: “France is a safe country, Germany is a safe country, Italy is a safe country, […]

Estimate Of 2020 Arrivals By Illegal Channel Crossing

The number of people arriving in the UK via illegal Channel crossing is on course to reach at least 7,500 in 2020 should they continue at the rate seen since January and in the absence of effective measures to stop them. The number of crossings in the year so far – 2,400 – is four […]

Majority Of Brits Want More Done To Stop Illegal Boat Crossings

A majority of the public believe that the government is not doing enough to tackle illegal Channel crossings in small boats from France and Belgium. And, as a new Migration Watch UK paper highlights the many millions of pounds spent by the government with France on addressing illlegal immigration, we ask: ‘Are UK taxpayers getting […]

Channel Tracking Station – Unauthorised Crossings From France

8,870 people have illegally entered the UK in hundreds of boats after crossing the Channel from safe countries since the start of 2018. At least 6,736 have been detected crossings since the start of the year in over 400 boats. This will not include undetected crossings. We are the only think tank holding the government […]

Boris Johnson’s Proposed Illegal Immigration Amnesty

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “It seems Mr Johnson is considering an amnesty for illegal immigrants in order to avoid another Windrush. This makes no sense. Those wrongly caught up in Windrush had every right to be here and bear no comparison to people who have either entered illegally or stayed on illegally […]

6th July 2019 (Amnesty, Legal Matters, Policy)

France Rejects Over 60% Of Asylum Applications By Iranians At First Instance; The Uk Rejects Only 42%

Iranians who claim asylum have a more than 95% chance of staying on, legally or otherwise Only 182 failed Iranian asylum applicants are removed or depart each year despite 925 asylum rejections per annum (including after appeal) The British asylum system is less stringent than the one in France The UK needs to address the fact […]

24th January 2019 (Legal Matters, Migration Trends, Policy)

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