Migration Trends


Student Immigration Reforms Appear To Have Led To More Indian Undergraduates At Top Universities

It is often noted by the academic lobby that there has been a fall since 2010 in the number of prospective Indian students applying for a visa to study at a UK university. For example, Conservative peer Lord Bilimoria wrote in the Daily Telegraph in August 2017: “The number of Indian students studying in the […]

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Proposals For Increased Immigration Are Misguided And Out-of-touch

Speaking to the Confederation of British Industry, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said the free movement of people should continue after Brexit. He has also proposed that the UK’s non-EU immigration rules be loosened – for instance through a lengthening of current post-study work arrangements for international students. In the Mayor’s words: “It’s […]

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 […]

An Emergency Brake Is A Dangerous Mirage

In an article for the Financial Times, former leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg argues that the UK should seek a Norway-style ‘emergency brake’ on EU migration post-Brexit. He adds that if the UK implemented this measure as part of the European Economic Area (EEA) whilst remaining in the Single Market, it would be […]

Drop The Target Has Dropped The Ball

A paper just issued by the Migration Matters Trust claims: “Shocking new figures reveal that cutting net migration to less than 100,000 per year could hammer British jobs.” The ‘research’ content comprises two graphs of net migration plotted against the UK unemployment and UK employment rates respectively. These show that over the past ten years, […]

31st May 2017 (Employment, Migration Trends)

Migration Watch Uk Press Comment On Today’s Net Migration Figures

Commenting on the release of the ONS Net Migration Statistics, Mr Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “This reduction in net migration is welcome but it is still running at a quarter of a million a year – a level that would have once have been dismissed as incredible. “This means, broadly, […]

25th May 2017 (Migration Trends, Population)

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 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 […]

Immigration And Uk Membership Of The European Single Market

Mass immigration for the foreseeable future will be inevitable if Britain remains a member of the Single Market. That is the conclusion of a paper released today by Migration Watch UK. The paper examines the consequences of the UK remaining a full member of the Single Market which would require continued acceptance of the free movement of […]

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