Migration Trends


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 […]

Prospects For Scotland’s Population Not Much Affected By Brexit

Scottish Government admits that Scotland’s population would continue to grow even if EU migration were reduced to half its current level The Scottish Government has admitted that Scotland’s population would grow by 5% (or around 270,000) between 2014 and 2039 even if EU net migration were reduced to half its present level (currently 8,000-9,000 each […]

Social Market Foundation Report Based On Highly Questionable Assumptions

A new report from the Social Market Foundation suggests that an economic slowdown following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will lead to a slowing of migration – perhaps to the tens of thousands – without requiring the imposition of any actual controls on migration. Any such conclusion is thoroughly unsound, relying on […]

The Vanishing Students From Outside The Eu

1. Much attention has been paid to the apparent failure of the government to reduce non-EU migration. However, it would seem that this is very largely due to the significant number of students who have remained in the UK, legally or otherwise. 2. Non-EU net migration has averaged 172,000 in the last ten years, as […]

Are Migrants An Economic Benefit To The Uk?

1. Overall, migrants in the UK have been, and continue to be, a net fiscal cost to the UK Exchequer. Only recent migrants from the EU14 have made a net positive fiscal contribution. Immigration has not been shown to have any significant impact, either positive or negative, on GDP per capita, a key measure of […]

70% Of Albanians Who Applied For Asylum Between 2008-2014 Are Still In The Uk

Various newspapers have today carried reports that two men have been charged with people smuggling after a boat carrying 18 Albanian nationals was rescued off the Kent coast. For context, below is data from the Home Office on the outcome of asylum applications lodged by Albanian nationals. In the past, Home Office data shows that […]

31st May 2016 (Asylum, Migration Trends)

The Prospects For Eu Enlargement

Summary 1. The European Union (EU) has grown from six original member states to its current size of 28. The biggest enlargement occurred in 2004 when eight East European countries plus Cyprus and Malta joined. There are currently seven countries at various stages in the accession process, although two are yet to be granted candidate […]

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