migration uk


Boris Johnson’s Proposed Illegal Immigration Amnesty

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “It seems Mr Johnson is considering an amnesty for illegal immigrants in order to avoid another Windrush. This makes no sense. Those wrongly caught up in Windrush had every right to be here and bear no comparison to people who have either entered illegally or stayed on illegally […]

6th July 2019 (Amnesty, Legal Matters, Policy)

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 […]

France Rejects Over 60% Of Asylum Applications By Iranians At First Instance; The Uk Rejects Only 42%

Iranians who claim asylum have a more than 95% chance of staying on, legally or otherwise Only 182 failed Iranian asylum applicants are removed or depart each year despite 925 asylum rejections per annum (including after appeal) The British asylum system is less stringent than the one in France The UK needs to address the fact […]

24th January 2019 (Legal Matters, Migration Trends, Policy)

Proposal For An 11-month Work Visa – A Very Bad Idea

Summary On 23 November, the Daily Telegraph reported on leaked Cabinet papers which reveal that the Government has drawn up plans to introduce an 11-month visa for low-skilled workers to come to the UK. This proposal runs counter to the economic advice of the government’s own Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and will be seen as […]

27th November 2018 (Employment, Policy, Visas/Work Permits)

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)

Response To Critics Of Our Research On The Impact Of Immigration On Population Growth

A recent Migration Watch UK paper shows that 82% of the total 6.6 million increase in the UK population between 2001 and 2016 was due, directly and indirectly, to immigration – that is to say a result of the net increase of those who were born overseas and their UK-born children. Put another way, immigration […]

5th September 2018 (Migration Trends, Population)

Letter From Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To Sir David Clementi, Chairman Of The Bbc

Dear Sir David, I am writing to express my serious concerns about a BBC video produced for ‘teaching’ 14 to 16 year olds about immigration. I am sure you will agree that immigration is an important and sensitive issue which should be treated with care and objectivity. Unfortunately, this video fails to meet these criteria. […]

3rd August 2018 (Education, Migration Trends, Policy)

Time For The Government To Stop Caving In To The Immigration Lobby

By Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK Daily Express, 17 July 2018 Another year goes by and another set of Office of National Statistics figures show that net migration to the UK continues at eye-watering levels, driving population growth of nearly 400,000 people each year. While the headline figure of 282,000 net migrants […]

Written Evidence Submitted By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The House Of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, June 2018

Post-Brexit migration What should the Government’s objectives be in drawing up a post Brexit immigration system? 1. The key objectives should be to end free movement so as to control and substantially reduce net migration from the EU, to retain the ability to recruit highly-skilled migrants from the EU and to maintain and develop the […]

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