Migration Watch UK is an independent think tank. It is chaired by Sir Andrew Green, a former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The Vice Chairman is Mr Alp Mehmet, MVO, a former Ambassador to Iceland. We have a distinguished Advisory Council from diverse professions as business, academia, medicine, law, politics and journalism.
We believe that sustainable levels of properly managed immigration are of distinct benefit to our society. Many immigrants make a valuable contribution to our society in terms of both their skills and experience. Britain also has a long history of welcoming genuine refugees which must continue; nowadays those granted protection comprise only about 10% of net immigration.
At present immigration is neither sustainable nor well managed.
Our purpose, therefore, is to monitor developments, conduct research, and provide the public with full and accurate facts placed in their proper context. We also make recommendations for policy.
Since its formation in September 2008 we have provided research for the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration led by Frank Field MP (Labour) and Nicholas Soames MP (Conservative). Details of the Group and their proposals can be found at www.balancedmigration.org
Unlike most organisations in this field, we receive no funds from the government in any form and have no intention of seeking any. As we are not a membership organisation, we rely on donations of whatever our supporters can afford, as well as on subscriptions to our papers (at a cost of £25 per year) from those who would like to have hard copies of our papers.
Revised 29 November 2013