February 24, 2022
Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:
The Home Office figures are shocking and show that Migration Watch UK was right to warn that the Points Based System was woefully inadequate and designed to fail.
In a year when travel remained well below pre-pandemic levels, visa grants for immigration for work, study, and family, as well as irregular migration and asylum mostly returned to - or exceeded - pre-2020 levels.
When the government works out how to estimate net migration accurately, they will find it has reverted to the very high levels of the past 20 years. This is not what they promised in 2019.
Net immigration to the UK by non-UK citizens has run at an average of approximately 300,000 per year between 2000 and 2019.