Migration Trends


Why Do We Need So Many More Houses? Immigration

We are now seeing the prospect of construction on a scale not seen since that post-war period

Immigration And Demand For Homes In England

Summary 1. After the Covid crisis, net migration levels could well revert to the high levels witnessed over the past five years, or even surpass them, given the range of additional uncapped routes being opened under the new Points Based System.  If so, just over half of extra homes needed in England by the early […]

Independent Watchdog Reveals Channel Migrants Dangle Children Overboard Unless Illegal Entry Is Allowed

Report on illegal entries by the Independent Borders Watchdog is devastating for the government Government missed chance to prevent surge in Channel migrants due to failure to take ‘more decisive action’ earlier on (p.6). Border Force crew believe they are being used as ‘taxi service‘ by illegal immigrants as Channel crossings reach record levels (p.73) […]

Overseas Net Migration To Scotland Nearly Tripled In A Year

Overseas net migration to Scotland nearly tripled between 2018 and 2019, from 10,000 to 28,000 (newly-released ONS statistics). To see more on the topic of immigration and Scotland, see our written evidence to a Parliamentary Committee from early 2018.

Afraid Of Public Scrutiny, Government Scraps Vital Immigration Control Via Backdoor

Proposed new immigration rules contain devil in the detail – namely a very large reduction in the salary that skilled workers will need to earn in order to settle here (from just under £36,000 now to as low as £20,500). Astoundingly, details of this have been hidden from the public and press – the change […]

Only One In Every 42 Illegal Channel Arrivals Returned To Europe

Between 1 January 2019 and 1 October 2020, 237 migrants who crossed the English Channel were returned to mainland Europe. This is just over 2% of of just under 10,000 or so people who have been reported illegally crossing the Channel since the start of 2019 (see our Tracker) – only one in every 42 […]

Trends In Asylum-related Support And Accommodation

The UK’s asylum system is being overwhelmed and abused (see our paper). One symptom of the beleaguered state of the system is that the number of people housed at taxpayer expense has tripled since 2012. In the year to September, the total number of people housed stood at 60,000 – the population of a small […]

18th September 2020 (Asylum, Migration Trends, Policy, Refugees)

Visa Grants In The Era Of Covid

Initial suggestions are that the visa grants during the Covid period (e.g. Q2 2020) were 90%+ lower than in Q2 2019 (see below). However, it is important to note that the pandemic’s impact on immigration, particularly on work-related immigration, should not be used as the basis for justifying plans that were drawn up long before […]

Red Wall Constituents Oppose Government’s Immigration Proposals

Migration Watch UK have today published the results of an opinion poll focused on the Red Wall constituencies on which the government’s majority in the House of Commons depends.  The poll was conducted in 70 selected constituencies ranging from North Wales across to the North East of England and was carried out by Deltapoll in […]

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, […]

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