Population


Report By Scottish Affairs Committee Should Acknowledge That Over Two-thirds Of Scots Want Reduced Eu Immigration

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has released its report on the topic of ‘Immigration and Scotland’. This is our response. It is very disappointing that the report’s conclusion saw fit to ignore the crucial fact, made in both oral and written evidence to the Committee, that the majority of Scots [55%] think that immigration levels over […]

Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration

The health sector had years to improve training of locals. Now they call for immigration. But that is not a solution. The only long-term answer is more training & better retention of existing staff We are regularly told that limits on skilled work permits are harming the NHS by preventing doctors and nurses coming in. […]

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)

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)

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 […]

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 […]

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