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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 […]

Uk’s Eight Million Population Rise Drives Congestion, Gridlock And Declining Quality Of Life

The relentless expansion of the UK’s population is coming to a head as new figures from the ONS suggest that the country has reached the landmark level of 67 million

Experimental Official Research: Net Migration In Year To June 2020 Was 282,000

Acute uncertainty pervades the official measurement of immigration for a number of reasons. The abrupt cessation of the use of the tried-and-tested (albeit far-from-perfect) International Passenger Survey (IPS) for measuring immigration means that the latest estimates are based upon ‘experimental’ research derived from administrative data. Secondly, these figures cover the period including after the onset […]

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 […]

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

The Office for National Statistics has produced experimental research which estimated that net immigration from overseas to the UK in the year to June 2020 was just over 282,000. Here are the key takeaways of the experimental and provisional research methodology which the ONS hopes to deploy for future estimates: Total net migration was 282,000 […]

100,000+ Convictions For Not Paying Television Licence Fee But Fewer Than 50 For Illegal Entry

There were 114,000 convictions of UK residents for TV licence fee evasion in 2019 (Ministry of Justice data). In contrast there have been less than 50 convictions for illegal entry or overstaying under Section 24 of the Immigration Act 1971 in each of the past four years (2018-2021). The statute book is full to bursting […]

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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