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What Is The Evidence That Our Asylum System Is Being Abused?

There have been over seven million asylum applications to EU countries since 2008, while there have been over two million illegal border crossings into the EU since the start of 2014. The vast majority of those entering in this way will have claimed asylum. This wider European crisis has a knock-on effect in the UK, […]

Britain Can’t Afford To Fly Blind On Immigration

In May this year, the Home Secretary gave a speech on immigration. As well as admonishing a journalist for using ‘language of old’ for asking whether the government would reduce or increase immigration, she made the following promise as part of her immigration plans: “We will be able to count in and count out who […]

Net Immigration In Year To June 2020 Estimated To Be 247,000 (says Office For National Statistics)

Experimental research by the Office for National Statistics said that net immigration to the UK in the year to June 2020 was 247,000. The ONS estimated that 622,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year to mid-2020, while 375,000 emigrated, while the overall population grew by 284,000 to 67.1 million (see ONS bulletin). The […]

Why Immigration Control Matters – The Views Of Three Thinkers

These arguments help to present a case for border control and reduced immigration on the grounds of positive, liberal and common-sense ideas of what a nation is and what borders serve to protect

No Removals Of Illegal Channel Immigrants This Year

There have been no removals in 2021 of illegal cross-Channel migrants to safe European countries. Home Office statistics revealed that no migrants were sent back to safe EU countries in the first quarter of 2021 (January to March 2021), despite a supposed crackdown on “inadmissible” asylum claims, because governments including France will not accept them. […]

What Do The Public Think About Illegal Channel Crossings?

A YouGov poll published in June 2021 made clear that the public are opposed the scandal of illegal crossings from safe countries. It revealed: 60% of the public think that illegal migrants should be banned from claiming asylum, compared to around a fifth who think the opposite. 64% of people think that removing people deemed […]

Home Secretary Dodges Question Of Whether Immigration Will Go Up Or Down

In November 2019 (before the most recent General Election), the Home Secretary pledged that immigration would come down as a result of planned reforms to the immigration system. See Times article – ‘Election 2019: We will reduce migration, pledges Patel‘, November 2019. Immigration by non-UK citizens has run at about 560,000 per year (2015-20), with […]

Uk’s Eight Million Population Rise Drives Congestion, Gridlock And Declining Quality Of Life

The relentless expansion of the UK’s population is coming to a head as new figures from the ONS suggest that the country has reached the landmark level of 67 million

Experimental Official Research: Net Migration In Year To June 2020 Was 247,000

According to new provisional estimates by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), net migration from overseas to the UK in the year ending June 2020 was just over 247,000. Total long-term immigration by all citizenships was estimated at 622,000 and total emigration was estimated at 375,000. This would be about 40,000 higher than the net […]

Our Written Evidence On The Government’s Proposed Asylum Reforms

The government announced changes to the immigration and asylum system in March 2021. See the Home Secretary’s statement to Parliament on the government’s proposals. A policy statement is available here. Migration Watch UK welcomes the government’s renewed efforts to deter illegal immigration and tackle asylum abuse. Illegal entry is “most common method of entry for […]

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