An Introduction to MigrationWatch UK


Immigration is a natural part of an open society. Many immigrants have made and continue to make a valuable contribution to the UK. However, like any other area of public policy, immigration needs to be effectively managed. The current scale of net migration is far too great. In 2010 it was 250,000. Over the past ten years it has averaged 200,000 a year. If immigration continues at this rate, according to the projections of the Office for National Statistics, the population of the UK will reach 70 million in 15 years time. This is an increase of 7 million of which nearly 5 million will be due to immigration. This is equivalent to the populations of Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Glasgow and Bristol added together.

We believe that this rapid population growth will place an unacceptable strain on our public services, infrastructure and environment. Our concern is widely shared by the public. 75% want to see immigration reduced.

We set out our thinking more fully in the following papers:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. What can be done?
  3. Frequently Asked Questions.
  4. Key statistics are contained in Briefing Papers 12.3.
  5. More about us can be found at Who we are.
  6. See also a list of our ten major achievements at Briefing Paper Section 13.2
  7. You may find the Power Point Presentation of particular interest.
  8. Your support would be welcome - see What you can do.

To read any of these papers, simply click on the word highlighted in green.

Revised August 2012

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