Migration Trends


European Union Demands Could Increase By Up To A Million Those Acquiring A Right To Settle In The Uk After Brexit

The PM must firmly reject EU demands, allegedly being supported by President Macron, that their citizens who arrive after Brexit should be automatically granted the right to gain permanent settlement even though the UK will have left the EU. That is the conclusion of a Migration Watch UK paper (MW440 – Implications for immigration of a post-Brexit […]

18th January 2018 (European Union, Migration Trends)

Evidence Submitted By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The Migration Advisory Committee – January 2018

The impacts of international students in the UK Summary The benefits of international students are not in doubt – provided that they are genuine. There has been substantial abuse of the route since 2009 which has now been largely dealt with. The first year of exit checks has shown that 60,000 students extended their stay […]

Home Affairs Committee Report Is Superficial And Misdirected

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “This is a superficial report. It is critical of government failures but tacitly accepts the current level of immigration, with policy recommendations that would see mass immigration continue indefinitely, contrary to very strong public opinion. The call for students to be removed from the net […]

15th January 2018 (Migration Trends, Policy, Population)

Response To An Offensive Comment On Conservative Home

A comment on Lord Green’s article in Conservative Home on 20 November 2017 about the relevance of an EEA style arrangement for post-Brexit immigration from the EU made no attempt to address the argument. Instead, it contained the following abusive content: “It is perfectly fine and welcome to have rigorous debate about this topic, but […]

Where Next For The United Kingdom’s Population?

Our estimate Last week’s ONS biannual population projections assumed, in their principal projection, net migration of 165,000. However we regard that as extremely unlikely unless the UK succeeds in taking advantage of Brexit to reduce EU migration by about 100,000 from its peak by cutting out migration into lower-skilled work as we have proposed. Otherwise, […]

Summary Of Migration Watch Evidence To The Migration Advisory Committee – Costs And Benefits Of Immigration From The European Economic Area

Introduction 1. The Government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to weigh the evidence about the costs and benefits of EEA immigration. We believe that the evidence is clear: that while some immigration is beneficial to the UK, uncontrolled free movement from the EU is not.  Our arguments are summarised below. The current pattern of EU […]

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 […]

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