Policy


Health Tourism – Key Points

Health tourism drains the NHS of at least £300-400 million each year because hospitals fail to identify overseas patients or never send them bills.  The government has estimated that £388 million is spent each year on EEA and non-EEA patients who should be paying for their care but are not identified or charged. This does […]

21st October 2021 (Health, Migration Trends, Policy, Population)

Migration Watch Evidence To The Migration Advisory Committee On The Intra-company Transfer Route

On 13 October 2021, the government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommended an expansion to the intra-company transfer visa route for overseas workers (primarily in the IT industry) to come and work ‘temporarily’ at the UK branches of companies (this route has run at 55,000 grants to main applicants and dependants per year between 2011 and […]

What Is The Evidence That Our Asylum System Is Being Abused?

There have been over seven million asylum applications to EU countries since 2008, while there have been over two million illegal border crossings into the EU since the start of 2014. The vast majority of those entering in this way will have claimed asylum. This wider European crisis has a knock-on effect in the UK, […]

Britain Can’t Afford To Fly Blind On Immigration

In May this year, the Home Secretary gave a speech on immigration. As well as admonishing a journalist for using ‘language of old’ for asking whether the government would reduce or increase immigration, she made the following promise as part of her immigration plans: “We will be able to count in and count out who […]

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. […]

What Do The Public Think About Illegal Channel Crossings?

A YouGov poll published in June 2021 made clear that the public are opposed the scandal of illegal crossings from safe countries. It revealed: 60% of the public think that illegal migrants should be banned from claiming asylum, compared to around a fifth who think the opposite. 64% of people think that removing people deemed […]

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 […]

How The Failure To Enforce Immigration Law Threatens The Public

The failure to enforce immigration law threatens the public. Victims up and down the UK would not have had their lives taken, or changed forever, had immigration been effectively controlled and enforced. Urgent action is required now in order to prevent more victims. Below is a list of shocking examples of crimes committed since 2017 […]

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 […]

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