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Save The First Chance Rule

The ‘First Chance’ rule – also known as the ‘Resident Labour Market Test’ – is an immigration safeguard that means UK workers have the first opportunity to apply for job openings before such vacancies are offered overseas. It is now on the chopping block. This despite the fact that the official expert committee on migration […]

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 […]

Majority Of Brits Want More Done To Stop Illegal Boat Crossings

A majority of the public believe that the government is not doing enough to tackle illegal Channel crossings in small boats from France and Belgium. And, as a new Migration Watch UK paper highlights the many millions of pounds spent by the government with France on addressing illlegal immigration, we ask: ‘Are UK taxpayers getting […]

77% Say Brits Should Have First Shot At Vacancies

The government plans an immigration system that WEAKENS work visa rules for citizens of 80% of the world’s countries while scrapping the sensible limit on numbers – the opposite of restoring control. However, the public say that getting UK people back to work after the crisis should take priority over helping employers to hire from […]

These Policies Created A Mess Last Time. Why Haven’t Any Lessons Been Learned?

The government’s retro immigration plan weakens UK immigration controls with regard to 80% of the world during an unemployment crisis. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown would be so proud of Boris Johnson for re-enacting their policy after governments since 2010 spent years of trying to clean up the mess. In fact, a study by an […]

Channel Tracking Station – Unauthorised Crossings From France

8,870 people have illegally entered the UK in hundreds of boats after crossing the Channel from safe countries since the start of 2018. At least 6,736 have been detected crossings since the start of the year in over 400 boats. This will not include undetected crossings. We are the only think tank holding the government […]

The Coronavirus Crisis And Border Control

Introduction 1. There is a clear risk that older visitors from overseas could add to pressures on an already struggling NHS. In recent years there have been about 14 million visitor admissions per year from outside the EU, some from countries where the virus is a significant factor. Nearly ten million of these visitors were […]

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)

Some Impacts Of Very High Immigration – Factsheet For The United Kingdom

1. Net migration into the UK from overseas stands at 240,000 (year to September 2019 – see ONS bulletin). EU net migration has fallen by about 100,000 since 2016 but still stands at 64,000 more people coming than leaving. Non-EU net migration to the UK is the highest since 2004, and gross non-EU immigration is […]

Statistical Failures Should Not Obscure The Huge Gulf Between Politicians And The Public Over Immigration

By Alp Mehmet, Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2019 The public will rightly approach the new immigration figures, which estimate that 226,000 more long-term migrants moved here than departed in the year ending March 2019, with a healthy dose of scepticism. That is only natural in the wake of an admission by the Office for National […]

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