Policy


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 […]

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. […]

Growing Deficiencies In Immigration Enforcement

Ex-senior government officials say there are likely to be more than a million illegal migrants in the UK and that a government estimate found that between 150,000 and 250,000 people fail to leave the UK when they should each year or illegally enter (pp.27-28 of report by think tank Civitas). The number of illegal migrants […]

17th December 2020 (Asylum, Legal Matters, Policy, Terrorism)

How The Open Borders Industry Uses Victimology Dogma To Get Its Own Way

The Windrush scandal has brought into sharp relief the power and reach of Britain’s immigration industry. The government’s mishandling of the rights of those who had been granted settlement was a bureaucratic mistake. However, what is worse is that this scandal has subsequently been weaponised by powerful interests in order to imply that the strategy […]

Asylum Being Abused: Claimants Caught Lying About Age

Official statistics show that over half of asylum seekers whose age was checked after they claimed to be under 18 were found to be adults between Q2 2016 and Q2 2020. That is just under 1,600 out of 3,100 cases. Ahmed Hassan, the Parsons Green Tube bomber, was one of many adult migrants who lied […]

23rd November 2020 (Asylum, Current Affairs, Legal Matters, Policy)

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 […]

Estimated Cost Of Housing And Payments For Failed Asylum Claimants

What is the estimated cost of supporting asylum seekers and how has it changed? 1. The overall cost of the asylum system is nearly £1 billion per annum (Home Office figures for 2019/20). As part of this spending, the government is required by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (henceforth ‘the 1999 Act’) to provide […]

3rd October 2020 (Asylum, Enforcement, Legal Matters, Policy)

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)

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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