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 […]

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 […]

Tony Blair’s Suggested Controls On Migration From The European Union Are Nothing Of The Sort

The government is reportedly considering post-Brexit immigration proposals that would end free movement rules immediately upon the UK’s departure from the EU while gradually bringing in measures to reduce the number of lower-skilled European migrants. However, in an article published on 9th September, Mr Blair argues that ending the free movement of people in order […]

Come Off It, Professor

Jonathan Portes has falsely accused Migration Watch UK of lying. Professor Portes is wrong and his accusation is false. This is a familiar tactic of his when he disagrees with or disapproves of any argument. As historian Niall Ferguson wrote in a powerful Spectator article in 2015, he seeks, ‘to undermine an irrefutable argument by […]

15th September 2017 (European Union, Legal Matters, Policy)

Brexit Negotiations: Objections To The Government’s Offer On European Citizens’ Rights – And Replies

Summary: As well as summarising three key areas of disagreement over the rights of EU nationals in the UK and vice versa that have arisen during the first two rounds of Brexit negotiations in June and July, this paper highlights eight other objections that have been made to the UK’s offer (published on 26th June), along […]

15th August 2017 (European Union, Policy)

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