History & Miscellaneous - Main Points

  • Claims that Britain is a country of immigrants are untrue. For nearly a thousand years, since the Norman Conquest in 1066, there has been very little net migration to the UK.
  • In the 17th and 18th centuries about 50,000 French Huguenots arrived in Britain over a 40-50 year period, approximately 1,000 a year.
  • Jewish refugees fleeing Russia, Eastern Europe and Germany arrived in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries. Around 200,000 arrived over a 50 year period.
  • The turning point was a major change in policy by the Labour government in 1998. In the 13 years that they were in office, between 1997 and 2010, net foreign migration totalled 3.6 million.
  • Over the last ten years net migration has averaged about 250,000 a year having peaked at 336,000 in June 2016.
  • Today, the non-UK born population stands at 9.3 million.

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Over the 19 years that Migration Watch UK has been working in this field we have produced many papers. View History & Miscellaneous Library

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