Visas/Work Permits


Official Statistics Body May Have Under-counted Net Immigration Of Foreigners By 380,000 (2011-20)

In a release this month, the ONS issued new figures which suggested it may have under-counted gross non-UK immigration by just under 1.4 million since 2011 and overall non-UK net immigration by nearly 400,000 during the same period (see the new statistics). Separately, they estimated that the UK population had hit a record 67 million […]

How Much Do British Citizens Really Care About Mass Immigration?

The current moment is an anomaly and cannot be used as the basis for policy going forward

Toughen Up On Illegal Immigration

New Freedom of Information data revealed that, between 2015 and 2019, there were 44,415 raids on private homes and on care homes thought to be employing illegal workers, resulting in just 7,578 people being removed (see media report). Fewer than one in six raids led to removal. These enforcement visits appear to be just a […]

Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration

The health sector had years to improve training of locals. Now they call for immigration. But that is not a solution. The only long-term answer is more training and better retention of existing staff Reliance on overseas-trained medical staff has allowed the NHS to get away with a long-term failure to plan for the training […]

The Government Has Opened Up The Risk Of Rapid Inflows Of Millions Of People With No Ability To Control The Numbers

The government have essentially abandoned control over access to long-term immigration for 5.4 million people currently residing in Hong Kong

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 […]

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 […]

More Points-based System Details Released

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “The government has been pushed into the flawed system that was proposed before Covid-19 struck. They are ploughing ahead as if the last four months hasn’t happened, overlooking entirely the rapidly increasing unemployment. “This system will encourage undercutting, while drawing in people from poorer countries that […]

Restore The First Chance Rule

The ‘First Chance’ rule – also known as the ‘Resident Labour Market Test’ – is an immigration safeguard that means UK workers have the first opportunity to apply for job openings before such vacancies are offered overseas. It has now been scrapped – from 1 January 2021. This despite the fact that the official expert […]

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