Legal Matters


Our Written Submission On The Government’s Proposed Asylum Reforms

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 asylum seekers”. Many of those entering without permission then claim asylum and are either released in the absence of being properly identified – risking public safety and undermining respect for […]

100,000+ Convictions For Not Paying Television Licence Fee But Fewer Than 50 For Illegal Entry

There were 114,000 convictions of UK residents for TV licence fee evasion in 2019 (Ministry of Justice data). In contrast there have been less than 50 convictions for illegal entry or overstaying under Section 24 of the Immigration Act 1971 in each of the past four years (2018-2021). The statute book is full to bursting […]

Illegal Entries Rose Even As Global Travel Was Restricted During Pandemic

The government has detailed its proposals for tackling abuse of the asylum system in a new policy statement issued late last month. It includes news that nearly 50,000 people who were detected having illegally arrived in the UK by various means (see below and Home Office policy statement, March 2021). The document confirms that the […]

Alarming Rise In Abuse Of Modern Slavery Laws

Two in three modern slavery referrals made by foreign nationals in detention that were concluded between 2017 and 2019 were rejected. This rejection rate increased from 65% in 2017 to 70% in 2019. Table 1- Outcomes of modern slavery referrals from detention (HO analysis, Mar 2021). The news comes as the Home Office revealed it […]

Our Comment On Government’s Asylum Proposals

Commenting Alp Mehmet, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “These proposals are welcome. They are, rightly, designed to remove those who make false claims and to deter “asylum shoppers” who come here from countries where they are already safe. The asylum system has come very close to collapse because of high numbers and increasing abuse.  […]

An Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants Would Risk Lives

Summary 1. The PM said of his asylum policy on 18 March 2021: “The objective here is to save life.” That same day he spoke in favour of his long-standing proposal for an amnesty for long-term illegal immigrants. If the aim is to save life, why would you offer an amnesty that would only spur […]

What Might Be In The Government’s Plan To Tackle Abusive Legal Claims By Activist Lawyers?

The Home Office is on the verge of releasing its plan to reform asylum rules to deter vexatious legal claims by activist lawyers and those with no right to be in the UK who are attempting to stave off their removal. The public has learned about these plans in nuggets released to the press in […]

New Statistics Point To Rising Asylum Abuse

New analysis of official statistics released by the Home Office points to increasing abuse of our asylum system by those who have broken the rules or by non-UK born criminals attempting to stave off deportation. The proportion of people claiming asylum in detention rose from less than a third (32%) to almost half (47%) – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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