Foreign Students – How Many Have Left?

Summary 1. The most recent statistics included a new data set which for the first time gives an indication of the number of non-EU students who left the UK in 2012. This short note explains what this new information tells us. Read the full Briefing Paper

15th October 2013 (Education)

Britain Is Open For Business – October 2013

Summary 1. Despite the government’s substantial range of measures to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands by the end of the Parliament, the UK remains very much open for business. There are numerous categories under which people can come to the UK to work, do business and study, allowing people to invest in […]

Labour’s Link Between Immigration And Apprenticeships

Summary 1.Labour’s scheme to trade work permits for new apprenticeships faces practical difficulties. Work permits are nowadays issued for higher level positions so apprentices would not be immediate replacements. There would be no impact on low skilled migration which seems to have been the context for this announcement. Introduction 2. On the Andrew Marr show […]

24th September 2013 (Economics, Education, Employment, Policy)

Response To The Latest Net Migration Figures – Students Are A Key Element In Net Migration

Despite a small increase over the quarter, these latest figures show that government policy is succeeding in reducing inflows from outside the EU – by 50,000 over the year. Future reductions in net migration will depend on ensuring that people leave when they should. In this connection the student figures are striking. Over the past […]

London’s ‘demographic Explosion’

Today, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson made a speech about investment in the future of London. He pointed to the ‘demographic explosion’ now occurring and the resulting huge shortage of both homes and school places but he made no reference to the impact of immigration. He seemed to regard the population increase as entirely […]

Students And Net Migration

On Thursday 6 June both Houses of Parliament debated the demand by five chairmen of Parliamentary Committees that the government remove students from their net migration target. The government have flatly refused to the fury of these eminent Parliamentarians. They point out that the Universities Lobby have got their facts completely wrong. Contrary to their […]

7th June 2013 (Education, Employment, Population)

Students And The Net Migration Target

On the eve of debates in both Houses of Parliament, Migration Watch UK has issued Briefing Paper No 2.24 underlining the need to continue including students in the calculation of net migration. Key points as follows:         Our major competitors do include them (as Universities UK now apparently accept).  To remove them […]

Migration Watch Uk Media Comment On Vince Cable’s Remarks

Commenting on Vince Cable's remarks, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "Vince Cable is not only completely out of touch with public opinion but also completely wrong on his facts. University applications went up by 5% last year. The fall in students was almost entirely amongst college applicants from the Indian Subcontinent […]

29th May 2013 (Education)

18 Bogus Arguments For Mass Immigration

11 April, 2013 Immigration Mythology Briefing Paper 12.4 has been updated. The updated paper outlines the many myths that are put forward by the mass immigration lobby in support of the current levels of immigration and dispels each myth in turn.

Migration Statistics: Students

Commenting on the latest Migration Statistics, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "A reduction of a third in one year is welcome evidence that the government's policies are starting to take effect.   Immigration from outside the EU is down by 60,000 but visas for university students in 2012 were up by […]

28th February 2013 (Education)

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