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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. […]

Experimental Official Research: Net Migration In Year To June 2020 Was 282,000

Acute uncertainty pervades the official measurement of immigration for a number of reasons. The abrupt cessation of the use of the tried-and-tested (albeit far-from-perfect) International Passenger Survey (IPS) for measuring immigration means that the latest estimates are based upon ‘experimental’ research derived from administrative data. Secondly, these figures cover the period including after the onset […]

New Evidence Of Our Failing Asylum System Which Costs You £1bn Per Year

New Home Office statistics provide even more cause for thinking that the UK’s asylum system is rapidly becoming unfit for purpose. The number of cases waiting for over a year to be processed has risen to nearly 26,000 out of just under 52,000 claims, and now account for half of all applications awaiting an initial […]

Zero Removals Of Illegal Channel Immigrants In 2021 So Far

Times columnist Melanie Phillips recently pointed to the pernicious effect of the lack of effective action by the government to tackle illegal Channel crossings (see piece, published 2 March 2021). Statistics released by the Home Office suggest that, between 1 January 2019 and 1 October 2020, less than 250 migrants who crossed the English Channel […]

What’s The Point Of Taking Back Control Of Immigration If We Don’t Reduce It?

By Lord GreenPresident of Migration Watch UKConservative Home, December 27, 2020 The Trade Agreement announced on Christmas Eve has at last given us the very welcome opportunity to take back control of our laws, our trade, and our future. The government is to be warmly congratulated. Sadly, however, immigration has still not been effectively tackled. […]

Illegal Channel Crossings Are A Huge Injustice

Illegal Channel crossings have spiralled upwards this year. More people crossed in September 2020 than during all of 2019. It’s part of a larger European debacle which began in earnest with Angela Merkel’s foolhardy invitation in the summer of 2015 to irregular migrants to come to Germany. Nearly 1.9 million people have illegally crossed into […]

4 In 5 Illegal Channel Crossers Refused Asylum

The Home Secretary told a Parliamentary Committee that those crossing the Channel have previously rejected the option of seeking asylum while passing through safe countries. Ms Patel said ‘migrants had journeyed through other countries which were safe refuges’. She added: “France is a safe country, Germany is a safe country, Italy is a safe country, […]

Estimate Of 2020 Arrivals By Illegal Channel Crossing

The number of people arriving in the UK via illegal Channel crossing is on course to reach at least 7,500 in 2020 should they continue at the rate seen since January and in the absence of effective measures to stop them. The number of crossings in the year so far – 2,400 – is four […]

Majority Of Brits Want More Done To Stop Illegal Boat Crossings

A majority of the public believe that the government is not doing enough to tackle illegal Channel crossings in small boats from France and Belgium. And, as a new Migration Watch UK paper highlights the many millions of pounds spent by the government with France on addressing illlegal immigration, we ask: ‘Are UK taxpayers getting […]

Channel Tracking Station – Illegal Immigrants Coming From Safe Countries

Nearly three times as many immigrants have been reported entering the UK illegally after crossing the English Channel in small boats so far in 2021 compared to the same period last year (8,835 versus 3,141, until 20 July). A population the size of a town – 19,688 people – has now crossed via this route […]

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