Policy


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 […]

Why Lock All The Internal Doors But Leave The External Ones Wide Open?

Migration Watch UK’s stance is that travel by non-UK nationals who have spent time in the worst-affected countries should be suspended. However, British nationals who wish to return here should be still be able to fly home. We would add Spain to the list of worst-affected areas. Research (for instance by academics at Northwestern University) […]

24th March 2020 (Health, Policy)

How The Immigration White Paper Flies In The Face Of The Findings And Recommendations Of Government’s Own Migration Advisory Committee

Summary Notwithstanding the change of Prime Minister and Home Secretary, it appears that the December 2018 Immigration White Paper is still to form the basis of future immigration policy after Brexit. The government claim to have been guided by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in drawing up these proposals and, following pressure from the corporate […]

The Government Should Retain The £30,000 Pay Threshold For Foreign Workers

The government have asked the Migration Advisory Committee to carry an in-depth analysis of potential future salary thresholds and the range at which they could be set. It would not be in the interests of the UK economy, its workers, or the general population for the primary Tier 2 salary threshold to be set below £30,000 per […]

Boris Johnson’s Proposed Illegal Immigration Amnesty

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “It seems Mr Johnson is considering an amnesty for illegal immigrants in order to avoid another Windrush. This makes no sense. Those wrongly caught up in Windrush had every right to be here and bear no comparison to people who have either entered illegally or stayed on illegally […]

6th July 2019 (Amnesty, Legal Matters, Policy)

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 […]

Immigration And The Irish Border In The Event Of A No Deal Brexit

The government has consistently said that it will do everything in its power to avoid a hardening of the Irish border whatever the circumstances (although it has also been argued that, in the event of a no deal Brexit, a ‘hard border would be inevitable’). The government said in December 2018 that British / Irish […]

What Would An Extension Of Article 50 Mean For Immigration?

Summary: Freedom of movement to the UK would continue during any extension period. EU net migration has averaged 80,000 per year since the Referendum. The extension of Article 50 may substitute for the transition period. However, as Martin Howe QC has argued, unlike during the transition period (during which free movement would also continue), the […]

Potential Impact Of White Paper – Exposure Of Full-time Jobs To New / Increased Global Recruitment

Summary: Depending on the primary salary threshold for skilled workers that is finally implemented as part of the post-Brexit immigration system, between 6.2 million and up to 8.8 million full-time jobs held by UK-born employees would be exposed to the potential for new or much increased global recruitment. This is based on analysis of the number of full-time […]

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