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Written Evidence On Channel Crossings Submitted To House Of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee

1.  We make this submission after considering reports and official statistics that have been released about Channel crossings, asylum and enforcement in recent months. These include publications by the Home Office (HO), the National Audit Office (NAO), the House of Commons Library, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee and the Independent Chief Inspector of […]

Asylum Being Abused: Claimants Caught Lying About Age

Minister for Immigration Compliance Chris Philp told the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee that the government are planning a law change aimed at making it harder for adult asylum seekers to pretend to be children. Last year the UK received more than 3,500 unaccompanied asylum seeking children, the highest number of any country […]

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)

Illegal Channel Crossings Are A Huge Injustice

Illegal Channel crossings have spiralled upwards this year. More people crossed in September 2020 than during all of 2019. It’s part of a larger European debacle which began in earnest with Angela Merkel’s foolhardy invitation in the summer of 2015 to irregular migrants to come to Germany. Nearly 1.9 million people have illegally crossed into […]

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 […]

Rocketing Asylum Costs Combine With Widespread Abuse

New data released by the Home Office confirms that the cost of the asylum system has risen from £474 million in 2014/15 to £956 million in 2019/20. The latter total is equivalent to paying salaries of over 30,000 police officers (see average police office salary here). The data was quietly issued as part of this […]

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