Immigration


Written Evidence Submitted By Migration Watch To House Of Commons Public Bill Committee On The Immigration And Social Security Co-ordination Bill

Spring 2019 Summary: It is vital that post-Brexit changes to the immigration system help to restore public confidence in border control and also deliver a significant reduction in immigration levels. Proposals in the Immigration White Paper to loosen the Tier 2 (General) route for skilled workers are very concerning. Reliance on immigration is not the optimal means […]

Why Should We Allow International Graduates To Stay On And Stack Shelves?

The government has announced the introduction of a two-year post-study work route for foreign graduates of UK universities. It is already the case that are no limits on the number of international students who can remain in the UK if they move into skilled roles. However, the fact that only 5,100 took advantage of this […]

Potential Impact Of White Paper – Exposure Of Full-time Jobs To New / Increased Global Recruitment

Summary: Depending on the primary salary threshold for skilled workers that is finally implemented as part of the post-Brexit immigration system, between 6.2 million and up to 8.8 million full-time jobs held by UK-born employees would be exposed to the potential for new or much increased global recruitment. This is based on analysis of the number of full-time […]

No Good Case For Expanding Working Rights Of Asylum Seekers

The majority of 355,000 asylum claims decided in the UK since 2004 have been rejected Extending working rights risks encouraging abuse of the asylum system for the purpose of ‘back-door’ economic immigration A change such as this would further muddy the distinction between genuine and bogus claims By doing so it would undermine public support for […]

18th October 2018 (Employment, Policy)

Office For National Statistics Household Projections For England

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “This is a hopeless underestimate. The ONS are projecting annual net migration 25% lower than seen in the last ten years. Their high migration scenario is much more plausible and in line with the previous decade’s flows. That would mean a new home every three […]

21st September 2018 (Housing, Migration Trends, Policy)

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 and 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 […]

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, […]

A Lesson In Spin From The Migration Matters Trust

This week we were treated to the news that ‘opposition to immigration drops when people are told about the economic benefits of net migration’. Former Labour Immigration Minister Barbara Roche – who presided over much of Labour’s immigration shambles – claimed that ‘when the full facts of migration are presented to the British people, they […]

13th June 2013 (Economics, Population)

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