We are an independent, voluntary, non political body which is concerned about the present scale of immigration into the UK.

Recent Briefing Papers

The amount spent on Immigration control
5th January 2015

1. The total budget for immigration control in 2014/15 was £1.8 billion. This is around 0.25% of the total government expenditure of £700 billion.

2. Around £1 billion of the £1.8 billion comes from the fee income associated with visa applications with a further £800 million coming from the Treasury.

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The Points Based System in Australia – Appropriate for the UK?
5th December 2014

1. Summary

1.1 The Australian ‘Points Based System’ is increasingly mooted, notably by UKIP, as a solution to the UKs broken immigration system. This paper looks at the Australian system in detail and finds it thoroughly unsuitable for the UK:

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Recent Press Releases

Migration Watch UK Press Comment on the Prime Minister's Commitment to Bringing Down Net Migration
27th January 2015

Today on the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 the Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to bringing down net migration to the tens of thousands. Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “This is extremely good news. Clearly there is a long way to go but the Prime Minister's re-commitment to the objective of bringing down net migration to tens of thousands is extremely important. It is exactly what the vast majority of the electorate wants to see happen."

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Migration Watch UK Press Comment on the Conservatives’ six key general election issues
13th January 2015

Commenting on the news that the Conservatives will not be including immigration as one of their top six election issues Lord Green of Deddington said:

‘Immigration has now come top equal with the economy the past six months among the issues the public are most concerned with. It is amazing that the Conservative Party have not included it in their top six issues for the election campaign.’

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Net migration nearly quadrupled from 48,000 in 1997 to 185,000 in 2003. Once the East Europeans had been granted free movement in 2004 it peaked at 320,000 in the year ending June 2005. Net foreign migration between 1997 and 2010 totalled nearly 4 million, two thirds of it non EU.

In 2013 over half a million migrants arrived in Britain, more than the total population of Bradford. In the same year 314,000 migrants left so net migration was 212,000.

We must build a new home every seven minutes for new migrants for the next 20 years or so.

England (not the UK) is the second most crowded country in Europe, after the Netherlands, excluding island and city states.

The UK population is projected to grow by over 9 million (9.4m) in just 25 years’ time, increasing from 64 million in 2013 to 73 million by 2039. Of this increase, about two thirds is projected to be due to future migrants and their children - the equivalent of the current populations of Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, Belfast and Aberdeen.

To keep the population of the UK below 70 million, net migration must be reduced to around 40,000 a year. It would then peak in mid-century at just under 70 million (about 69.7 million).

Revised July 2014

  • “One spectacular mistake in which I participated (not alone) was in lifting the transitional restrictions on the Eastern European states like Poland and Hungary which joined the EU in mid-2004. Other existing EU members, notably France and Germany, decided to stick to the general rule which prevented migrants from these new states from working until 2011. Thorough research by the Home Office suggested that the impact of this benevolence would in any event be 'relatively small, at between 5,000 and 13,000 immigrants per year up to 2010'. Events proved these forecasts worthless. Net migration reached close to a quarter of a million at its peak in 2010. Lots of red faces, mine included.”

    Jack Straw, the Labour MP for Blackburn and former Home Secretary, speaking to his local newspaper about the 2004 Accession of the A8 to Europe and Labour’s decision not to impose transitional controls on workers from these countries. The Home Office forecast that just 13,000 would move to Britain. The current population of A8 nationals in the UK is over one million. (November 2013)

  • Helen Boaden, Director, Radio and until recently Director, BBC News, accepts that when she came into her role in September 2004 there had been a problem in the BBC’s coverage of immigration. She was aware, she told us, of a “deep liberal bias” in the way that the BBC approached the topic, and specifically that press releases coming from Migration Watch were not always taken as seriously as they might have been.

    Helen Boaden’s Evidence to BBC’s Prebble Review (July 2013)

  • People didn't believe the authorities knew what they were doing and there's a very good reason for that - they didn't.

    Phil Woolas, Immigration Minister, reported in The Sun (21 October, 2008)

  • I have made this point many times before but can we please stop saying that Migration Watch forecasts are wrong. I have pointed out before that Migration Watch assumptions are often below the Government Actuarys Department high migration variant.

    An internal Home Office email they were obliged to release to MigrationWatch (29 July, 2003)

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