Visas/Work Permits


Migration Watch Uk Proposals For An Immigration Policy After Brexit – What We Actually Said

In a blog for UK in a Changing EU, Professor Jonathan Portes draws attention to  a new report from the Office of National Statistics about migrant workers in the UK labour market. While the report contains much interesting information, Professor Portes uses it to make assertions about Migration Watch proposals for immigration in the future […]

Annual Cap Of 20,700 On Work Permits Has Never Been Reached

Business lobby have been crying “wolf” Despite frequent complaints from businesses the annual cap on Tier 2 work permits has had virtually no impact on their ability to recruit the brightest and best from around the world. That is the conclusion of a report being issued by Migration Watch UK, which finds that the annual cap of […]

4th January 2017 (Employment, Visas/Work Permits)

Scotland’s Need For Skilled Migrant Workers

Summary: 1. The Scottish Government has claimed that Scotland needs continued free movement of people for EU citizens when the UK leaves the European Union, to deal with a ‘skills gap’.[1] But new analysis of the Labour Force Survey suggests that the proportion of Scotland’s total highly-skilled workforce comprised of EU migrants is roughly similar […]

15th December 2016 (Employment, Visas/Work Permits)

Lord Green Writes In Conservative Home: Brexit And Immigration – Time For Some Clarity On Aims

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK. November 30, 2016 It is now abundantly clear that some opponents of Brexit are seeking to use parliamentary procedures to delay and obstruct the forthcoming negotiations in the hope that they can engineer another referendum with a different result. Indeed, the Liberal Democrat leader has virtually said as much. […]

Brexit Negotiation: Publication Of Uk Objectives

Summary 1. There is a perfectly feasible way forward on immigration which meets the main concerns of all participants, except for some relating to new arrivals of low paid migrant workers. Early publication of the UK’s objectives (but not the strategy) would help calm concerns without weakening our hand. Introduction 2. In advance of the […]

Impact On Scotland’s Economy Of Reducing Migration Into Lower-skilled Work

The Scottish Government’s recent paper(read here) on the implications of Brexit for Scotland’s economic performance suggests restrictions on European migration could increase skills shortages with adverse implications for the economy. The paper provides neither references nor any evidence to support this assertion. In fact, the impact of immigration on the Scottish economy is far less than on […]

The Vanishing Students From Outside The Eu

1. Much attention has been paid to the apparent failure of the government to reduce non-EU migration. However, it would seem that this is very largely due to the significant number of students who have remained in the UK, legally or otherwise. 2. Non-EU net migration has averaged 172,000 in the last ten years, as […]

Dispelling Misperceptions About Our Proposal For A Possible Post-exit Immigration Policy

Jeremy Warner is right to suggest that current record levels of net migration are a crucial part of the national debate as the EU referendum approaches (‘Immigration is what will decide the outcome of the referendum, as it will in Holland too’, Daily Telegraph, 29th March 2016, see article). He expresses uncertainty as to whether […]

The Immigration Aspects Of The Eu-canada Economic And Trade Agreement

Summary 1. An agreement with the EU on the lines of the EU Canada Treaty would not increase permanent immigration to the UK. The agreement with Canada explicitly states that it does not cover job-seekers, employment on a permanent basis, residence or measures regarding citizenship[i]. It makes provision for the temporary transfer of specialists. Detail […]

In The Event Of Leaving The Eu, What Would A Revised Immigration Policy Look Like – Comment On Our Paper.

As Prime Minister David Cameron prepares to meet senior European Union officials to press forward with renegotiations over Britain’s membership of the supranational body, there has been much speculation over the impact a possible Brexit could have on the UK’s record net migration figures. A Migration Watch UK briefing paper published on 27th January has […]

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