Migration Trends


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. With the number of UK jobcentre claimants rising by 126% since the lockdown began, it is vital that […]

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 […]

Immigration Plan Fails To Protect British Workers As Jobless Figures Spike

Government proposals would almost certainly fail to ensure any kind of significant reduction in immigration from the figures witnessed before the Covid-19 crisis struck, and may well drive a large increase in non-EU numbers. That’s the upshot of estimates contained in a new Home Office Impact Assessment. Such an outcome would be anathema to 30 […]

Channel Tracking Station – Unauthorised Crossings From France

Nearly 4,600 people have come entered the UK after crossing the English Channel from safe countries such as France and Belgium since the start of 2018. 2,400 people have come since the start of 2020, and nearly 2,000 since the start of the lockdown. 684 people arrived in May alone – the highest monthly total […]

Statistical Failures Should Not Obscure The Huge Gulf Between Politicians And The Public Over Immigration

By Alp Mehmet, Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2019 The public will rightly approach the new immigration figures, which estimate that 226,000 more long-term migrants moved here than departed in the year ending March 2019, with a healthy dose of scepticism. That is only natural in the wake of an admission by the Office for National […]

The United Kingdom’s Points Based System

Summary The UK already has a Points Based System (PBS) but it has failed to reduce, or even control, immigration. It needs reinforcement, not disruptive change. The Australian system operates entirely differently – its main purpose is to increase, not to reduce, immigration. The UK Experience A PBS was introduced in 2008 for work and […]

Written Evidence Submitted By Migration Watch To House Of Commons Public Bill Committee On The Immigration And Social Security Co-ordination Bill

Spring 2019 Summary: It is vital that post-Brexit changes to the immigration system help to restore public confidence in border control and also deliver a significant reduction in immigration levels. Proposals in the Immigration White Paper to loosen the Tier 2 (General) route for skilled workers are very concerning. Reliance on immigration is not the optimal means […]

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