History


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 […]

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 […]

Save Our Green Space By Restoring Sense To Immigration Policy

Figures released by the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government show that we have lost nearly 12 square miles of supposedly protected green space per year since 2015 because of the rampant over-development that is partially linked to the failure to control immigration. The total land area in the green belt which was set […]

Nothing Is Less True Than The Claim We Are A Nation Of Migrants

There is a very persistent myth about Britain, that we are ‘a nation of immigrants.’ Ed West in his excellent book The Diversity Illusion, debunks this claim comprehensively

Immigration And Population Decline

A recent article in the Guardian newspaper claimed that an emerging ‘crisis’ was being seen as ‘ageing populations place shrinking economies under ever greater strain’, adducing as evidence increasing abandonment of villages in places as far apart as Spain and Japan. This prompted responses such as this, perhaps to be expected in the Guardian, that […]

8th February 2021 (History, Migration Trends, Population)

Written Evidence On Channel Crossings Submitted To House Of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee

1.  We make this submission after considering reports and official statistics that have been released about Channel crossings, asylum and enforcement in recent months. These include publications by the Home Office (HO), the National Audit Office (NAO), the House of Commons Library, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee and the Independent Chief Inspector of […]

Statistical Failures Should Not Obscure The Huge Gulf Between Politicians And The Public Over Immigration

By Alp Mehmet, Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2019 The public will rightly approach the new immigration figures, which estimate that 226,000 more long-term migrants moved here than departed in the year ending March 2019, with a healthy dose of scepticism. That is only natural in the wake of an admission by the Office for National […]

Full Fact On East European Migration Falls Well Short Of The Mark

This week Full Fact – a fact-checking organisation now regularly heard on the BBC – attempted to check the following claim put to Ed Miliband by Jeremy Paxman during the leaders’ interviews of 26th March 2015: “You were predicting figures of between 5,000 and 13,000 immigrants a year from the expansion of the EU in […]

A Summary History Of Immigration To Britain

Introduction 1.1 There have always been episodes of migration to Britain but, as this paper demonstrates, those episodes were small and demographically insignificant until the Second World War. A study of official census records from 1851 until the present shows that the number of people born abroad living in Britain was very small until the […]

13th May 2014 (History)

Immigration To Britain Is Greater Than At Any Time In History. We Must Cut Their Numbers Now

By SIR ANDREW GREENChairman of Migration Watch UK Mail OnLinePublished: 17:48, 8 March 2012UPDATED: 13:23, 9 March 2012 Migration Watch has this week published a short Briefing Paper 12.3 summarising some of the key facts about the impact of immigration on our population, jobs, housing and education.  We hope that it will be helpful to those who are following […]

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