Policy


Selected Quotes From Migration Advisory Committee Interim Report On European Economic Area Migration

Below are selected quotes from the new report, published on 27 March 2018 by the independent Migration Advisory Committee, entitled: ‘EEA-workers in the UK labour market: Interim Update’. GDP Per Head & Productivity ‘The MAC view is that the UK has a well-known and long-standing productivity problem, lagging behind similar countries and a great deal […]

Talk Of A Brexodus Is Absurd But The Public Will Not Be Fooled

‘Exodus of the EU migrants’ said the front page of the Daily Express. ‘Brexodus’ exclaimed the Daily Star. BBC News led with: ‘Record numbers of EU nationals leaving the UK.’ As Julia Hartley-Brewer pointed out, the BBC headline was rich given the fact that the article quoted statistics for the period after the referendum showing […]

Response To Scottish Government Report On Immigration

A Scottish Government report, published on 7 February, claims that cutting immigration could ‘cost’ Scotland’s economy £10bn per year from 2040. Firstly it should be pointed out that what is characterised as a potential ‘cost’ is not based on a claim that lower immigration would lead to an actual shrinkage in the economy but rather an […]

21st February 2018 (Employment, European Union, Policy, Population)

Migration Watch Uk Comment On Post-brexit Transition Period

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:  “The PM is absolutely right to insist that those who arrive after Brexit should no longer acquire the automatic right to permanent residence. The EU demand is unreasonable. With half a million adult EU citizens registering for a National Insurance number in the UK every year […]

1st February 2018 (European Union, Migration Trends, Policy)

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 […]

Submission By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The House Of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee

‘Immigration and Scotland’ Summary points:  Scotland’s labour force is much less dependent on migrant workers than most of the rest of the UK. The majority of EU migrants in Scotland are employed in lower skilled jobs. A sample of Scottish employers and industry representatives found that they were ‘emphatic’ that Scotland’s employment needs are not different from the rest of the UK, apart from […]

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)

Migration Watch Uk Comment On Phase One Of The Brexit Negotiations

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “This is a sensible and satisfactory outcome. Importantly, it will not prevent us from achieving a substantial reduction in net migration from the EU once we have left. That must now be the focus of the government’s efforts.” Note to editors: Our view is […]

11th December 2017 (European Union, Policy)

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 […]

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 […]

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