Migration Trends


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 […]

Trends In Asylum-related Support And Accommodation

The total number of asylum seekers housed in what is known as initial accommodation (hostels, hotels and, from Monday 21 September, a number in disused Army Barracks) has increased more than five-fold since 2013 from just under 1,000 to over 5,400 (see latest Home Office asylum support figures). Figure 1: Total asylum seekers supported under […]

18th September 2020 (Asylum, Migration Trends, Policy, Refugees)

Immigration In The Era Of Covid

We have no comprehensive picture yet of what has happened to immigration since the ‘lockdown’ began on 23 March. However, the following Home Office link shows that visa applications and grants, extensions of leave and asylum applications and grants all dropped very sharply during April, both due to travel restrictions around the world and staffing […]

Red Wall Constituents Oppose Government’s Immigration Proposals

Migration Watch UK have today published the results of an opinion poll focused on the Red Wall constituencies on which the government’s majority in the House of Commons depends.  The poll was conducted in 70 selected constituencies ranging from North Wales across to the North East of England and was carried out by Deltapoll in […]

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 […]

New Home Needed Every Three To Four Minutes

We will need to build a home every three to four minutes to accommodate ongoing rapid. immigration-driven population growth if the level of overseas net migration into England returns to the pre-lockdown level of about 230,000 per year. That is something that is likely given the government’s intentional plan to increase non-EU immigration as part […]

Save The First Chance Rule

The ‘First Chance’ rule – also known as the ‘Resident Labour Market Test’ – is an immigration safeguard that means UK workers have the first opportunity to apply for job openings before such vacancies are offered overseas. It is now on the chopping block. This despite the fact that the official expert committee on migration […]

Offer Of Citizenship Path For British Nationals Overseas In Hong Kong

The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab have said that, if China imposes its National Security Law on Hong Kong, the British government would expand the British National (Overseas) – BNO – passport holders’ current right to visit for six months without a visa into an extendable 12 months. Under this status, work […]

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 […]

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